This was created in 2003, but I’m just learning about it now. It is the Audiopad, made by Patten Studio, a company that works with surface technology. I’m sure they’re expensive, but if someone wants to buy me one, that would be cool.
How Patten describes the Audiopad:
“Audiopad is a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. One can pull sounds from a giant set of samples, juxtapose archived recordings against warm synthetic melodies, cut between drum loops to create new beats, and apply digital processing all at the same time on the same table. Audiopad not only allows for spontaneous reinterpretation of musical compositions, but also creates a visual and tactile dialogue between itself, the performer, and the audience. “
Take a look for yourself:
Audiopad. Because learning how to play instruments is so 2002.