Plaid untethered

Designer and programmer Jono Brandel worked with Plaid – musicians Andy Turner and Ed Handley – to create Tether, an interactive web app that generates graphic shapes as a track from the duo’s latest album plays out

Designer and programmer Jono Brandel worked with Plaid – musicians Andy Turner and Ed Handley – to create Tether, an interactive web app that generates graphic shapes as a track from the duo’s latest album plays out…

A developer on the Data Arts Team at Google’s Creative Lab, Brandel is the creator of Patatap, the portable animation and sound kit which explores the idea of ‘visual music’ where sounds can trigger colourful animations. (We wrote about the app last month; Eliza first mentioned Plaid’s work with Brandel in her round-up of new music videos from a few days ago.)

At tether.plaid.co.uk users can also play with the sounds they hear by clicking and dragging the mouse – or touching/dragging on a smartphone screen. Tether is one of the tracks from Plaid’s forthcoming album on Warp, Reachy Prints.

According to the Tether site, the project’s source code and assets are also available for use under the MIT License courtesy of Warp Records – and free to use – which you can find here.

Tether features on Plaid’s new album, Reachy Prints (Warp), which is out on May 19 (May 20 in the US) – see bleep.com. Another track, Hawkmoth, can be heard here – and it’s rather lovely, too.

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