Nature / Nurture


Creativity and Aesthetics

Technology and Realization

Math, Data and Computing




Matthias Funk

Nature/Nurture allows users to create sounds and music with natural, physical metaphors and movements. Nature/Nurture is a project that has it’s roots in my passion for sound design combined with an interest in making abstract and expressive tools for music creation. 

The first device translates the growth of a plant into the expansion of a synthesis model. With every movement and growth of the plant, a new dimension is added to the sound. The second design allows you to use weight as an input for a sub-bass generator. The more weight a user puts on the device, the ‘heavier’ the sound becomes.  The third and last design allows a user to ‘grind’ sound by using a grinder. The pressure and rotation inputted by the user is translated into various types of digital signal distortion.


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