The printed DJ decks use Bluetooth MIDI to connect to Apple iOs and OSx devices with the Algoriddim DJAY app. Users can then mix and scratch any song loaded onto the app by simply tapping on the paper as if it were a real deck.
The project comes as a tie-in with Qbert’s album Extraterrestria, which was funded through Kickstarter.
Printed MIDI uses ink-printed items and turns them into interactive objects through capacitive touch and Bluetooth, essentially turning printed surfaces into musical instruments and the like.
Novalia has previously manufactured a poster that doubles as a speaker and drum when you bang on it.
Dr Kate Stone, founder of Novalia, says, “We believe the future will look more like the past than the present, where beautiful old school things we love and are nostalgic about will not die as many have said.”
Stone adds, “We hope to breathe life into things like books and album covers, keeping the creativity in physical products alive.”