How do you design an interface for true randomness? How many controls would you offer the user? What constraints should you define? In this conversation with Michelangelo from Clatters Machines, I try to understand the design decisions behind the Garden Listener. A Eurorack synth module that taps into nature, captures data from living beings and translates it to true generative control voltage.

Instrument in discussion

Sketches & prototypes

Prototypes // Garden Listener // Clatters Machines
Prototypes // Garden Listener // Clatters Machines
First layout sketch // Garden Listener // Clatters Machines
First layout sketch // Garden Listener // Clatters Machines
Components profile study // Garden Listener // Clatters Machines
Components profile study // Garden Listener // Clatters Machines