London studio working on device to make music from almost anything

Thursday 27 February 2014 16.52
The Ototo kit is designed to be simple to use, and enables the user to set it up and start playing it within five minutes
The Ototo kit is designed to be simple to use, and enables the user to set it up and start playing it within five minutes

A London-based design and invention studio, co-founded by an Irishman, has raised over €60,000 in crowd funding to develop a music machine which can turn almost anything into a musical instrument.

The Ototo board, made by the Dentaku studio, is an audio cassette sized circuit board that plays musical notes when conductive objects, from vegetables to office stationary, that are connected to it using crocodile clips are touched.

Dentaku was co-founded by Irish interaction designer Mark McKeague and sound artist Yuri Suzuki.

The studio launched a Kickstarter crowd sourcing campaign last month to try to raise funding to develop the project further.

Last Friday it reached its £50,000 target, with six days to spare.

The Ototo kit is designed to be simple to use, and enables the user to set it up and start playing it within five minutes.

The Kickstarter campaign required interested investors to pledge between £1 and £2000.

In return for a small investment they received a unique musical Vine (a short online video), while the top level of investments got a musical workshop with people from Dentaku, as well as ten Ototo kits.

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