Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Will Hagle
Patatap is a portable animation and sound kit. With the touch of a finger create melodies charged with moving shapes.
It’s difficult to describe exactly what Patatap is. It’s certainly unlike any other site on the Internet. The easiest explanation is to claim that the site responds to the keys that you touch on the keyboard by displaying different shapes and sounds on the screen. When the site first loads, you’re presented with a completely gray screen. As soon as you press a key — any letter on the QWERTY Keyboard or the spacebar — the site begins transforming. Shapes, lines and other animations of all different types of colors appear each time you press a new key or combination of keys. Every visual on Patatap is also accompanied by a unique sound. The site doesn’t do much aside from that, but it’s definitely fun to play around with.
If you go to the bottom of Patatap’s main screen, you’ll discover that the site does have some cool additional features. If you click on “Tunes,” for instance, you’re directed to a new page that features sheet music that can be played entirely from your keyboard and corresponds with actual songs. The site knows which keys correspond to which notes and visuals, and it has a ton of fun songs queued up for you to play along with. The site is a collaboration between digital artist Jono Brandel and musical artists Lullatone, all of whom also have merchandise available on the site. Although the site doesn’t have many obvious practical applications, I’m sure you could find some. In the meantime, it’s just enjoyable to mess around with.