SpaceHarp Controller Earns Positive Product Review in Dutch Magazine 'Interface'
SpaceHarp The Dance Controller <--Click here for English Translation
SpaceHarp De dans controller <--Click here for Original Dutch Version
March 30, 2015
The Dance Controller
By Jean-Louis Gayet
"The SpaceHarp is a MIDI controller but using a different approach than the usual controllers with their traditional sliders, buttons and knobs. The SpaceHarp uses a combination of infrared and ultrasonic sensors that are triggered when you move your hands over it. The distance between sensors and hands is also used as data, for example, velocity values when you play notes. The nine sensors are slightly less than a semicircle spread around your body. You play by moving above the sensors with your hands (or other body parts; they don’t call it a full-body controller for nothing). You can connect another iOS device to use its built-in accelerometers and also connect various pedals. The 171 color LEDs surrounding the sensors provide an ambient light show, but also provide information about the instruments and what has been triggered. In addition there are 37 more color LEDs purely for show.
"The SpaceHarp controller can be combined with its Sound Galaxy software (OSX Mavericks and iOS 7.x compatible) which you can use to control settings. Using provided Max MSP patches, various presets and Rewire you can communicate with Ableton Live and other DAW programs.
"The SpaceHarp can be placed on a desktop or on a tripod. You can even use two SpaceHarps at once, and if you put them in a circle, you can play like a Dervish! That's nice to see in a number of videos on the website of SpaceHarp. The SpaceHarp is absolutely meant for players who love to give a spectacular show!
"The predecessor of the SpaceHarp was indeed very much larger, a complete circle of about two meters in diameter, lying on the ground and where you could literally dance. Because that thing was difficult to transport and set up, SpaceHarp Corporation developed this portable SpaceHarp weighing only 2.3 kg."