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The AlphaSphere is a new musical instrument that opens up music making to a new generation of musicians.

AlphaSphere Performance by Jason Hou

Made by

Adam Place

Adam is the Founding Director of nu desine and inventor of the multi-faceted electronic instrument, the AlphaSphere.

Diego Alcala-Gaona

Diego is the Executive Vice President of External Communications for nu desine. He graduated from Plymouth uni with a degree in Animation, specialising in abstract animation and Vjing.Whilst resident in the Studio, Diego…

Working with

Luke Saxton

Audio Software Developer, Musician, Technologist.
Joseph Horton

Joseph Horton

Joseph is a creative technologist specialising in music and audio. He's currently working with on audio apps with Nusic, interactive dinners with Choral Cuisine and previously, the Alphasphere with nu desine.
Richard de Lancey

Richard de Lancey

Richard de Lancey (aka deL) is a product design engineer.deL was a cofounder of nu desine, where he designed and engineered the AlphaSphere and took it into production. He has also worked on a number of other products ranging…
Liam Lacey

Liam Lacey

Liam is a musician and software developer who found his way into the Pervasive Media Studio in December 2010 after graduating from an Audio and Music Technology degree at UWE. He spent his time as the Software Developer for…

Kaspar Emanuel

Kaspar is a freelance electronic design engineer and software developer working on projects ranging from musical instruments, to robots, to Braille displays.

The AlphaSphere is a new musical instrument that opens up music making to a new generation of musicians. Designed for composition, production, performance and learning, each of the tactile pads are pressure sensitive and ergonomically mapped around the surface of sphere. Underlying the design is a geometric notational logic that allows the custom mappings to be created between different pads.

The AlphaSphere is used by musicians, composers, DJs, producers & VJs, and also has applications within education and music therapy.

The AlphaSphere was invented by Studio resident Adam Place who set-out to create an instrument that would be open to more musical styles and playing techniques than a keyboard, when he realised the possibilities of music production. After having the original idea and producing the first prototype Adam was awarded a scholarship to study at Nagoya University of Arts, in Japan, where he refined the concept. Returning to his home town of Bristol, UK, he was awarded seed funding and founded nu desine to take this innovation to the marketplace.

The AlphaSphere is now available worldwide, there are currently three different models; the AlphaSphere elite, designed for the studio, the AlphaSphere nexus, designed for the stage and the AlphaSphere me, designed to make music accessible for everyone.

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