TangibleFX brings you a revolution in sound; we want to change the way you create and interact with live music by incorporating motion control into real-time effect manipulation. We’re a start-up based in Bristol, UK and are always seeking musician testers, clothing designers, software developers, web experts and generally anyone who feels enthusiastic about what we’re doing. If you want to get involved in any way, please get in contact.
Story so far…
Accelormatix (as it was originally known) was sparked from a walk through Bristol, where Mr. Woodnote – a street performer, was making tunes as a 1-man-band using a bunch of effects pedals. This gave Lee the idea to make a full-bodied accelerometer music suit to try and emulate this set-up. Whilst studying at Bristol University, Lee entered a new enterprise competition with this idea and came runner-up, winning £7,500 and a free patent.
At the same time, Dan Newton – also at Bristol University – conducted similar research into sensors and sound augmentation. Dan’s thesis was published in NIME magazine and he even flew out to sunny Portugal to collect a reward for his work.
Eventually boredom got the better of Lee, so he simplified his design into a funny looking baseball cap. After moving back to Bristol, a short demo with David May led Lee to meet Jonathan May – an electronics enthusiast and UK table football champion.
Before long, the Accelormatix team was born, and after a number of high-octane business meetings down the pub, it became widely acknowledged that the name Accelormatix, was, well, rubbish… So Dan, in a moment of madness, decided we should be called TangibleFX – and once Lee learnt that Tangible didn’t mean ‘tangled’, we changed our name.
After some enthusiastic pitches to the Horatio Investment Group and PMT Music, we decided to rethink the cap idea; some people thought it was a gimmick and others didn’t feel comfortable wearing it. We aren’t a gimmick and value everyone’s opinion – so we decided to refine the hat’s design based on Dan’s successful research. The MIDI-Moov was born!
Since we’ve created the iMoov, an iPhone version of the MIDI-Moov and have been working on a new series of apps – the MoovFX series – offering real-time motion control over your guitar effects.