Sensel Morph controller now integrates into Pure Data and Purr Data

The open-source language gets a new multitouch interface with Morph

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Californian tech developer, Sensel, has announced API integration into Pure Data (Pd) for the Morph MIDI/MPE controller. The company partnered with Dr Ivica Ico Bukvic’s Virginia Tech’s Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) for the project.

With the integration, the software provides easy access to all of the multi-touch pressure data from the Morph. This allows for a more expressive, unique and accessible interface for audio, lighting, video and 3D environments, with 16 contacts and 20 parameters per contact. The video above shows the expressive integration in action.

The programming was led by undergraduate student Rachel Hachem, a major in the new Creative Technologies in Music (CTM) program at Virginia Tech.

Dr Bukvic says, “The Linux Laptop Orchestra is continually exploring new interfaces for our ensemble, and for the research projects within the Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio. The Sensel Morph’s ability to implement any type of tap, stroke, press or punch into our rich programming environment is going to be a game-changer.”

“This opportunity is exactly what we had in mind when developing the CTM program: student work focused on applied, industry-relevant projects. Rachel’s work will serve as an important contribution to the Pure Data community, and a powerful inspiration for her peers.”

Rachel Hachem adds, “In L2Ork, I am constantly seeing new ways to integrate music with technology through Pure Data. The Morph’s touch surface gives you an insane amount of data for every touch you make, so the opportunity to contribute to something new was an eye-opening experience. The work was challenging, and required me to apply and learn many different skills.”

Peter Nyboer, Product Strategist for the Morph says “Because [Pure Data] is open source in an active community, we look forward to seeing how developers extend and implement new interfaces with the Morph and Pure Data.”

The Sensel Morph is available from $249. Find out more at

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