Touch OSC

I know I’ve been a bit of an Apple fanboy recently (yes, Apple and Google bum me on a regular basis. At the same time. With no protection or cuddles afterwards…), but here’s another iPhone/iPod Touch application that’s hit the scene!

MIDI controllers are all the rage these days but not only are they expensive, but they don’t really really offer much room for customisation. Wish you had an extra fader? Tough! You have to settle for what the hardware offers you. I run into this problem when trying to find controllers suitable for VJing. Most controllers are made with music applications in mind, meaning that VJs basically have to shoe-horn it to make it work with their software. Pretty fustrating.

Step in Open Sound Control, an attempt at making an open source controller interface. It means you can make your own MIDI controller exactly the way you want. This is great news for people who want to push their performances that little bit further. Also it means they can make what they’re doing look even more confusing to the untrained eye, thus making you look slightly more professional than you actually are.

Touch OSC is an application for the iPhone/iPod Touch which uses the Open Sound Control interface to turn the device into a customisable controller. The results are pretty impressive with limitless interfaces available using both the touch screen and tilt sensor. Not only that, but it looks like a control panel off the Starship Enterprise, always a bonus. But best of all, it’s cheap! The app sells for a mere £2.39, giving it the peasant-boy Kaif seal of approval. Here’s a video of Kabel performing some very Luke Vibert-ish Acid on it. Lots more over at the official site.