Press Play / Toca Aí

Credit: Beto Figueiroa

Creating during the Recife cultural exchange lab in 2014, Press Play / Toca Aí was designed to create connections between people and music, through objects installed on city walls that triggered sound as people touched them.

“Press Play – or ‘Toca Aí – creates musical interventions that activate public spaces. Based around impromptu and transitory moments of collaborative musical play, Press Play links strangers to each other, individuals to urban space and creates moments of surprise, delight and connection.

Press Play works by installing simple, touch sensitive panels in any public space. Each sensor is programmed with a channel of a musical track, which will play when touched. Multiple sensors can be touched to play more layers of sound, but to play a whole piece, to remix music, or improvise with sounds, it is essential for several people to play together.