Synthux Hackathon 2023


JOYstick is a device, which allows a user to create unique combinations of sounds somehow dedicated to different kinds of pleasure
Ableton Live
A humanised algorithm
Sound art

Coaches & collaborators

Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology
The project scrutinizes the idea of joy and pleasure in our culture. JOYstick is a MIDI sound controller device which enables a user to interact with a range of ‘pleasurable’ sounds. Prepared as a sound game experience, the device includes both masculine and feminine sexual features, and aims to identify the taboo behind sensual gratification in our culture.
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the tech

How does it work?

The project adapts an old USB joystick which is then connected to send a range of signals to Max 8 from various buttons/sensors. The device becomes a MIDI controller which triggers a range of sounds in Ableton Live 11. The sounds and functions are mapped to also control the gain, distortion, and delay of each sound sample.
Open source code
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Visual programming language for music and multimedia
Ableton Live
Music production program
About the instrument
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