Tactophonics is a system, consisting of a kit of parts, that allows a performer to play any object as a musical instrument. The project was an attempt to restore something of the rich, intuitive interaction that traditional musical instruments afford to the digital realm, and also to provoke reflection on the lack of tactility typical of our interaction with computers.
Tactophonics took the form of a kit containing instructions, software and hardware to help the player decide on and convert their object. Two items were prototyped as working Tactophones. The first was for the drummer Dave Black, who chose a TV, which he played with a baseball bat in a one-off performance.