The Theometrica Is an Instrument You Stick Needles Into…

Ever heard of a musical instrument inspired by acupuncture? Oscar Palou and Alexander Müller-Rakow made one.

The Theometrica is made up of a rotating platter which needles are stuck into. A distance sensor triggers sounds based on the placement of the needles. The instrument is a prototype and Palou and Müller-Rakow are still developing it. It was shown at designtransfer at the College of Architecture, Media and Design at the Berlin University of the Arts.


Müller-Rakow’s website says the Theometrica’s “interface design represents an active space where geometrical constellations are being decoded into sound events“. It also says their process “aims to explore the correlation between geometry, probability and synthesis sound generation, with a focus in performance“.