Playtronica

Playtronica A toolkit for interactivity and play Playtronica is a platform that bridges entertainment, education, and art through interactive musical experiences.

It is an open-source toolkit for creating sensory interactions using cutting-edge technology. Our shop is located in Russia, this is where all our devices are produced and shipped from. For workshops and live presentations contact our studios in Berlin and Paris.

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29/12/2021

Best of Playtronica in 2021 🎶🎄

It’s time to look back the best moments of the year! We want to thank all of you, members of Playtronica community, for being with us all this year, playing the TouchMe and Playtron, following Orbita updates and tagging us in your publications. Together we are creating something big ❤️ See you in 2022 🚀

Yours,
Playtronica team

"Ghostbusters" cover: @yosoy_adam on Instagram
Video with a cat: @grtru1n on Instagram
Video with a turtle and nature: @lorenzo__lanni on Instagram
TouchMe & 👶: Olga Maximova

Shop TouchMe and Playtron online with 50% off until January 5
🛒 playtronica.com🛒

25/12/2021

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, dear Playtronica friends! ❄️

We are wishing all of you a happy holiday season and giving you a special gift — 50% off Playtron and TouchMe until January 5!

Also, for those who already have our devices: a new festive sound pack for Playtronica Sampler is gonna be online soon! Made with love by our talented friend Nikola Chen @nikolachenmusic. We'll announce it on Instagram Stories when it's up, so keep an eye! ☃️🎶

Catch your 50% off until January 5 on playtronica.com 🛒

23/12/2021

The biggest sale of this winter is here! 50% off all products on our website until January 5 from now on☃️

Holiday are coming, so it’s time to bring music to your home with Playtronica devices. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and give a 50% discount on Playtron, TouchMe and all accessories for them!

Don’t miss your best deal on the most wonderful time of the year 😍❄️

Winter Sale: December 22 - January 5
🛒playtronica.com 🛒

21/12/2021

Some Detroit-inspired techno from Sean Angelo!
What would you play on 🪐Orbita🪐 if you got your hands on it?
Subscribe to learn more: orbita.playtronica.com

07/12/2021

Not only love plants listening to music, but also make some with Playtronica devices 🍀

We are glad to share the great news about Spotify’s playlist «Music for Plants" which has grown 1.400% during the pandemic. Check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DXclWedfNUp3z?si=9950b04c90b64973

Also, get a glimpse of music created with TouchMe and Playtron in 2021 by members of our community!

Look for more videos like that on our page 🌱
Post your photos and videos with Playtronica devices, tag our account and we will share your video too!

❤️ Special thanks for the video https://www.instagram.com/giuseppe.aceto/

Shop TouchMe and Playtron online at playtronica.com 🛒

🛠How does it work?

All you need is a computer, the device and your body. It is super easy — no music knowledge needed.

Get a conductive object, that is something that can let electricity through, and use it as a music note. Wires, plants, fruits&veggies, graphite, conductive fabric, etc.

This is the first step into electronics, a toy for kids and grown-up kids, and a serious musical instrument also! A perfect gift for anyone

05/12/2021

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” 🌌✨

Learn more about 🪐Orbita🪐 here: orbita.playtronica.com

#playtronica #design #designspirations #cooldesign #musicgadget #musicgeek #musicgear #musictech #creativity

Here are the 4 common mistakes when connecting  Playtronica devices 🛠Whether you just received your TouchMe or Playtron ...
03/12/2021

Here are the 4 common mistakes when connecting Playtronica devices 🛠

Whether you just received your TouchMe or Playtron or thinking about getting one — learn these simple rules to set up your gadgets quickly and start playing!

Also, we are always here to help: if you have any questions or doubts regarding the devices, don’t hesitate sending us a message 🙌

🧐How does it work?

All you need is a computer, the device and your body. It is super easy — no music knowledge needed.

Get a conductive object, that is something that can let electricity through, and use it as a music note. Wires, plants, fruits&veggies, graphite, conductive fabric, etc.

This is the first step into electronics, a toy for kids and grown-up kids, and a serious musical instrument also! A perfect gift for anyone.

01/12/2021

Have fun with Playtronica no matter how old you are ❤️

An artist @theoryhazit making funky beats on Playtron device with his son🦖

Wanna try it out the devices with your family too? Now it’s perfect time to think about Christmas gifts! Order the devices today on playtronica.com — don't wait until last minute🎶

🛠How does Playtron work?

Playtron is a midi controller that connects objects to play music - it can turn anything into touch sensor to make sound. We developed this technology to inspire creative thinking, STEAM and DIY approach in music making and music production and education. All you need is a Playtron, alligator clips from the kit and internet!

29/11/2021

CYBER MONDAY at Playtronica! Get your 50% off today only 👾

29th of November is the last day of the biggest sale of the year at our online store! 50% off all products: Playtron, TouchMe and the accessories.

Limited stock only — get it while you can! The sale ends today.
🛒Shop Playtronica devices at playtronica.com

🛠How do Playtronica gadgets work?

All you need is a computer, the device and your body. It is super easy — no music knowledge needed.

Get a conductive object, that is something that can let electricity through, and use it as a music note. Wires, plants, fruits&veggies, graphite, conductive fabric, etc.

This is the first step into electronics, a toy for kids and grown-up kids, and a serious musical instrument also! A perfect gift for anyone.

22/11/2021

50% OFF all Playtronica products! Black Friday starts today 🤯
Don’t miss your best deal until November 27!

It's the best time to buy some gifts for friends and loved ones or treat yourself. Note that we have a limited stock so you better harry up 🛒

SHOP TouchMe and Playtron online at playtronica.com 🖤

17/11/2021
Tutorial: How to play jazz solo on TouchMe using Ableton

In this video, our founder Sasha Pas @pastapas is using MIDI Quanitize plug-in and 90 bpm drum loop to play 80’s vibes solo with TouchMe!

What music-making programs do you use to create music with Playtronica gadgets? 👇

What is TouchMe? 🛠

It is a musical gadget that allows you to make music on skin. With TouchMe the notes change according to the area of touch and intensity. If you apply more pressure, the pitch will be higher.

You can play on any conductive objects, too!

🛒SHOP NOW with 35% OFF at shop.playtronica.com

#playtronica #design #designspirations #cooldesign #musicgadget #musicgeek #musicgear #musictech #creativity

16/11/2021

Violets are red,
Roses are blue💙
@firekidmusic are playing on flowers,
with their Playtron too!

Don’t forget to tag @playtronica on your performances and fun videos so we could share it with our community here!

Big thanks to @dillonhodges & @feekyfeek for a lovely song and live performance 🎶

🛠 How it works?

Playtron uses the principle of conductivity to trigger sounds. It is designed to play on 16 objects, and each has its own note. This way you can make a music keyboard from any conductive objects!

#playtronica #design #designspirations #cooldesign #musicgadget #musicgeek #musicgear #musictech #creativity

13/11/2021

Needless to say, we love seeing you using Playtronica devices in any kind of creative and interactive installations🤍

This one was built with TouchMe device and two metal plates, so that people had to touch them in different ways to generate different midi notes.

The higher pressure they made the higher notes was generated, then the midi was attached to an iPad and to an Arturia Microfreak synth.

Created by @edoardo.lanza.5 ❤️

What is TouchMe? 🛠

It is a musical gadget that allows you to make music on skin. With TouchMe the notes change according to the area of touch and intensity. If you apply more pressure, the pitch will be higher.

You can play on any conductive objects, too!

🛒SHOP NOW at shop.playtronica.com

09/11/2021

Sun Rabbits 2.0 in the beautiful Altai Mountains for Art Weekend festival 🐰

New interactive installation with Viktor Glazunov and Olga Maximova for Art Weekend which took place in Siberia. Here, the sun reflection transforms to rainbow through handmade prism mirrors, connected with TouchMe device and light sensor 🌈

The technology is simple: sound comes out when you hit the light resistor with a sunbeam. Try to make this at home with your TouchMe device, if you have a photoresistor 👀

Big thanks to the artist @nolemocii (check them on IG!) for inviting us 🤍

02/11/2021

Halloween may be over, but we are not done!

Last week, our friend Sean Angelo created a horrific track specifically for 🪐Orbita🪐. This montage by Sasha Pas gives credit to his inspirations – the films and soundtracks by John Carpenter and Dario Argento. After all, Carpenter was also a synth pioneer and used synthesised sounds for his first movie, ‘Dark Star’!

The sounds of dragging chains, a motorcycle starting and revving the engine, a chainsaw, an owl hooting, and a woman screaming – are environmental recordings. Sean made them sound even creepier using vintage synths and recorded them to a cassette tape to age the sound.

Subscribe to learn more: orbita.playtronica.com

28/10/2021

The sound of Halloween is almost here 😈🎃

We are happy to introduce you a NEW Slime sound pack on Playtronica Sampler! Creepy, mysterious and spooky — it’s what we all love for the most ghostly time of the year👺

Try it out it with our devices or discover sounds with the keyboard of your laptop!

https://play.playtronica.com/@nikola-chen/horror 🦇
The sound pack is made by our friend Nikola Chen 🙌

You still have time to participate in our Halloween contest: post a photo or video with Playtronica device and Halloween setting and get a chance to win another device 🖤 Deadline: November 2.

* If you want to play with slime as our Aglaya did in this video, please make sure you are not allergic to any components of it!

25/10/2021

BOO! 👻 It’s HALLOWEEN SALE: order your Playtronica device with 35% off this week and participate in our new contest!🎃

Share your creative Halloween photo or video with Playtronica device and get a chance to win another Playtron or TouchMe😍

Rules:

— Post a photo or video with Halloween setting where the Playtronica device is used and clearly visible. Don’t forget to tag @playtronica account!
— Leave «Done» in the comment section

Dead(😈)line: November 2.
Prize: Playtron or TouchMe (of the winner’s choice)

We will publish the short-list for voting on November 3 and announce the winner on November 10! Good luck everyone and happy Halloween😉🎶

Spooky video by instagram.com/bothlane 👻

14/10/2021

Solo of the day: @samplikprost performance with TouchMe ⚡️

Did you know you can improvise like that with our device? Grab your TouchMe, use any of your favourite synths… and let’s go!

Op-1 — chords / po-32 — drum by @teenageengineering
Print on the background by @samplikprost

If you don’t know what to listen to this sunday, we’ve got your choice: Hold Onto The Colours Podcast with Sasha Pas, mu...
09/10/2021

If you don’t know what to listen to this sunday, we’ve got your choice: Hold Onto The Colours Podcast with Sasha Pas, musician and co-founder of Playtronica 🎛

Host: musician Paul Melia

Check out the episode:

Youtube https://bit.ly/3mFOcDm

Spotify https://spoti.fi/3mF9ml0

If you don’t know what to listen to this sunday, we’ve got your choice: Hold Onto The Colours Podcast with Sasha Pas, musician and co-founder of Playtronica 🎛

Host: musician Paul Melia

Check out the episode:

Youtube https://bit.ly/3mFOcDm

Spotify https://spoti.fi/3mF9ml0

Spinning out over Orbita on Superbooth 2021 with our co-founder Sasha Pas and @musicradar 🪐In a recent MusicRadar video ...
07/10/2021

Spinning out over Orbita on Superbooth 2021 with our co-founder Sasha Pas and @musicradar 🪐

In a recent MusicRadar video from Superbooth 2021, an annual trade fair for electronics and musical instruments in Berlin, Sasha Pas shows the prototype of Orbita, explains the device work and the colorful and exciting idea behind it.

Check the whole video and the article by Ben Rogerson here:
https://www.musicradar.com/news/were-spinning-out-over-this-tangible-midi-sequencer-that-looks-like-a-vinyl-turntable

Spinning out over Orbita on Superbooth 2021 with our co-founder Sasha Pas and @musicradar 🪐

In a recent MusicRadar video from Superbooth 2021, an annual trade fair for electronics and musical instruments in Berlin, Sasha Pas shows the prototype of Orbita, explains the device work and the colorful and exciting idea behind it.

Check the whole video and the article by Ben Rogerson here:
https://www.musicradar.com/news/were-spinning-out-over-this-tangible-midi-sequencer-that-looks-like-a-vinyl-turntable

03/10/2021

A magic trick that we discovered recently!

We are not sure what’s going on here. There is a rotating part of 🪐Orbita🪐, a rubber plate with metal rings, and the coloured magnets. Can anyone explain why some of these magnets just cant’s sit still?

Type your hypothesis in the comments!

Stay in the loop: orbita.playtronica.com

02/10/2021

True art has no boundaries — and here is the proof 🌼

Diego Torrescantu is playing around with flowers and TouchMe, creating atmospheres with Microfreak by Arturia and beats with PO24 by Teenage Engineering.

What is the most unusual object you’d love to play on with Playtronica devices? 👇

01/10/2021

Beautiful Good and Greasy live performance by firekid🍩

Make music using your breakfast and Playtron? Let’s try! Bring your bacon, eggs, fruit, cakes… and everything you find in a refrigerator.

Don’t play with your food they say. But what if this can actually be a part of your song? 😜

Discover unusual ways of making music with Playtron!
Shop our devices at playtronica.com 🎶

25/09/2021

However you tell it!

There are two ways of assigning the sounds to 🪐Orbita🪐:
1) through a computer or a phone;
2) through a synth.

We took OP-Z by Teenage Engineering and used it to create the sounds for 🪐Orbita🪐. It was really fun! The fact that we have a very vague idea of how OP-Z actually works added lots of magic to the process 😅 – we loved it!

Stay in the loop: orbita.playtronica.com

23/09/2021

There is nothing more precious to a child than a mother's touch. Unless a touch with sound 👶

With TouchMe device, you can take all your physical interactions and turn them into a musical piece. Get yours at shop.playtronica.com 🛒

Video by Olga Maximova ❤️

19/09/2021

🪐Orbita🪐 and OP-Z!

Take a look at this setup – do you notice anything special? No 💻 computer! And a wireless 📶 cat!

That’s right, 🪐Orbita🪐 allows for a DAW-less connection, meaning that you can source the sounds directly from your synth.

Stay tuned for more videos with OP-Z!

Video by Playtronica, thanks to Loutchi Loutch' and L'Agronaute, Nantes

Stay in the loop: orbita.playtronica.com

#playtronica #orbita #design #designspirations #cooldesign #musicgadget #musicgeek #musicgear #musictech

17/09/2021

Music is something that never gets old 🤘

And you can always discover new ways of making it with Playtronica devices. Just grab your laptop, phone or tablet, connect the device to an online synth — and you’re ready to interact with the world creatively!

🛒 Online store: shop.playtronica.com⁠
⁠📸 Credits: @a.m.soundscapes
@officina42carrara 👏

#design #designspirations #cooldesign #musicgadget #musicgeek #musicgear

16/09/2021

New tune with our Playtron by @pawrtoch 🌿🎶

Connect up to 16 conductive objects with alligator clips (Paw played on metal pads 🔗), pick a different sound for each, and have fun!

Order Playtron or TouchMe device now with 20% off and fast delivery on playtronica.com

#playtronica#design#designspirations#cooldesign#musicgadget#musicgeek#musicgear #musictech#creativity

The music that touches is made with TouchMe ✨TouchMe is our second MIDI controller that allows you to play music on huma...
14/09/2021

The music that touches is made with TouchMe ✨

TouchMe is our second MIDI controller that allows you to play music on human body and conductive objects. Wanna try it out?

To start playing, you will only need to connect the device to your PC, tablet or phone and open an online synth or any music making program. You’re ready to play!

Our online synth library: synth.playtronica.com 🎛

Our online shop: playtronica.com 🎶 Link in bio!

#playtronica#design#designspirations#cooldesign#musicgadget#musicgeek#musicgear #musictech#creativity

The music that touches is made with TouchMe ✨

TouchMe is our second MIDI controller that allows you to play music on human body and conductive objects. Wanna try it out?

To start playing, you will only need to connect the device to your PC, tablet or phone and open an online synth or any music making program. You’re ready to play!

Our online synth library: synth.playtronica.com 🎛

Our online shop: playtronica.com 🎶 Link in bio!

#playtronica#design#designspirations#cooldesign#musicgadget#musicgeek#musicgear #musictech#creativity

12/09/2021

🪐Orbita🪐 at Superbooth!

In a couple of days, we are going to Superbooth – an annual trade fair for electronics and musical instruments in Berlin! If you’re going too – come say hi!

We’re sharing space 🌌 with a fellow fun-focused musictech company – DATO! Together, we’re building a colourful playground for exhibition visitors!

15-18 September, Berlin
Booth #W350
Tickets: superbooth.com
Promotions: orbita.playtronica.com
More events: shop.playtronica.com/pages/events

04/09/2021
Orbita Studio Jam Session

Check out this setup!

We hooked up 🪐Orbita🪐 to four different synths at a time! One track – one instrument. If your synth or favourite music app works with MIDI – it’ll work with 🪐Orbita🪐!

⚙️Here are the tech deets ⚙️
🛠️Hardware: Moog Slim Fatty, Roland Juno Boutique, Arturia CS-80, Mod Duo X, Elektron Octatrack, and 🪐Orbita🪐
💻Software: Arturia cs80

In 11 days, we’ll be showing 🪐Orbita🪐 at Superbooth in Berlin! Write in the comments if you’ll be there!

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Created in 2014 to broaden musical education and to invent instruments from everyday life, Playtronica’s goal is to remodel the synergy between the physical and digital worlds – using the power of sound and the intensity of human touch.

Playtronica explores and arouses curiosity by using music, play, and creative opportunities. With a simple human touch and the use of conductive materials and smart textiles, objects can transform into sounds.

Playtronica's best-known device is the TouchMe –a MIDI controller that can be used in music, education, artistic practice, therapy, and in researching human perception. The TouchMe board measures the resistance values between the contact areas and converts them into notes. It sends the notes as MIDI signals to the selected online interface. Users can use a collection of online synths on the Playtronica website, professional musical software, or hardware synthesizers.

Playtronica also empowers experiential marketing and audio branding. The team has collaborated with brands like Hermes, Issey Miyake, Ikea, and Nike; and been featured in notable museums like Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, the Exploratorium, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the Garage Museum.

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️Only a few days left to win a brand new Playtronica Touch Activated Midi Controller for your school or college by taking part in our Sound Arts Competition! We're inviting young people aged 15 - 19 (schools and colleges too!) to produce a short soundscape, no longer than 8 minutes. Find out more on our journal. Deadline: Wednesday 12 January 2022 at 5pm (GMT)
🎶 I wish you a very happy X-mas with a little song… 🎅 My fruity keyboard triggers a Korg Minilogue XD thanks to a Playtronica Playtron controller, I’ve also used Garageband iOS on iPad. #xmas #christmas #noel #bestwishes #merrychristmas #christmassong #keyboard #fruit #clementine #mandarine #jinglebells #synthesizer #playtronica #yourtronica #playtron #fruits #music #electronicmusic #korg #miniloguexd #eventide #shimmer #chimes #bells #lofi #vinyle #izotope #waves #playmas2021
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#MUSIQUE 🎹 Savon, gelée, lumière, couleur, eau… tout se transforme en instrument de musique avec la technologie de Playtronica ! Dans le cadre d’un atelier filmé à la Philharmonie des enfants (Philharmonie de Paris), le studio Playtronica, qui travaille sur le pouvoir du toucher, a proposé à de jeunes visiteurs de manipuler d’étranges objets connectés. 🎮 Une expérimentation sonore et visuelle captivante, à retrouver en vidéo sur #Bayam dans la section Regarder, dès 3 ans ! #musique #nouvellestechnologies #playtron #playtronica #concert #atelier #musicgadget #musicgeek #musicgear #musictech #creativity #philharmonie #philharmoniedesenfants
Help out a struggling artist! My son uploaded his song on YouTube, but he needs your support and encouragement. All you need to do is to hit the THUMBS UP on Greyson's YouTube video, SHARE it, and SUBSCRIBE to his channel. And you will discover a talented and gifted young man who just needs to be heard. It’s not much for you, but it’s huge for us. Thank you for your understanding!
⚡️It's happening! ⚡️ Closing Festival ⚡️ The grand finale of Corona Culture is here! 💥 19 - 21 Nov 💥 we are celebrating the closing of the exhibition with a vibrant finissage program. Last chance to visit the exhibition with art pieces by over 100 artists and a special line up of performances and music acts! LINE UP: Alexander Carrillo Daniel-Ryan Spaulding Dasa Hink Ellebasi Gebhardt Berus Phoenix Chase-Meares and Lori Baldwin Luis Krummenacher Marie Zwinscher Playtronica Roygbiv Siegfried Wahnreich Tais Bean
Mushrooms with Playtronica TouchMe 🍄 🍁
«Turn anything into a musical instrument and look at the world from another angle.» Playtronica #design #sounddesign
👻 Cet après-midi à la Biocoop La Belzsaison on vous propose de découvrir nos courges d’Halloween ! Touchez-les pour les faire parler ou jouer de la musique… 🎃 Installation sonore réalisée avec les contrôleurs Playtronica #touchme et #playtron reliés à Koala Sampler, Moog #minimoogmodeld et #midiflow ! Merci à toute l’équipe de la Biocoop de Belz ! ☺️ #halloween #biocoop #labelzsaison #performance #digitalart #spooky #scary #electronicmusic #vegetables #systemno3 #pumpkin #fun #producerlife #animation #bretagne #bzh #breizh #morbihan #belz #playtronica #yourtronica
Day 1 Hoo ha! Festival at Bristol Beacon 🙂 Happy to work with lots of families! Come and visit us today! It’s free 😉! #music #steameducation #kidsevent #halfterm Playtronica!
Turning fruit into a beat with Playtronica, seriously need to pick one of these up! Happy Friday all! 🎥@natniszakov
THURSDAY is a day for product!! This is the the Touch Me by Playtronica. Super cool midi controller that works off of conductivity. Check out my latest video with the link in the bio to see how it’s done. #producingcreatives #recordingstudios #studio #musician #producingtips #producinglife #studiosession #graphicdesign #music #musicproducer #musicvideo #recordingengineer #recordingsession #studiovibes #playtronica