Playing pop music via paper posters with conductive ink

By | March 13, 2012

Listening Post digital posterPaper posters that play music via printed circuits made with conductive ink have been unveiled. The prototype “Listening Post” poster is a guide to bands performing locally.

The interactive poster plays a short clip of a band’s music when a thumbnail image is pressed. Tickets can also be booked via the poster.The low cost of printing mean anything that uses paper or card could soon be much more interactive, said the poster’s inventors. It is one of several “paper apps” that have been developed by a consortium of British scientists, musicians and researchers being demonstrated at the South By Southwest Show in Austin, Texas.

Low costPeter Thomas, head of the Liverpool-based Uniform agency that helped co-ordinate the poster’s creation, said it was designed to explore novel methods of interaction.He said it could be a way to get round the modern problem of “infobesity”.

“People are saturated with information all the time, especially when it comes to music, this is a way to cut through all of that,” he said. “We’re trying to recapture some of the tactile experience you got with vinyl records.

“There’s a really different reaction from users to physical media as opposed to digital media, especially when it comes to music,” said Mr Thomas. He added that interactive paper and packaging could mean a lot of media returned to the physical world and was no longer only accessible online.

via BBC News – Playing pop music via paper posters with conductive ink.

Neat, but I already have all the music I could ever want on my phone. If I can’t hear the kind of song I want, I write it and record it myself.

2 thoughts on “Playing pop music via paper posters with conductive ink

  1. tom

    ‘Neat, but I already have all the music I could ever want on my phone. If I can’t hear the kind of song I want, I write it and record it myself.’

    This is the most ignorant thing you have posted. So when one of your friends wants to show you a new band do you say the same thing?

  2. Xeno Post author

    I think I’ve posted much more ignorant things. 😉

    Seriously, however, you and others may want or need to share music, but, really, I almost never listen to other bands these days.

    I mostly work on my own music. I prefer creating to consuming, but I realize I’m not typical.

    If a friend wants to share music with me or the other way around, we use an on-line service (box.net or something) which is faster than any physical media.

    I think this musical paper would be useful for hiking where you want to travel very light and don’t want to carry your iPod shuffle. … Or for inclusion in music appreciation textbooks.

    Thanks for the comment.

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