Archil comes to instrument design from a composer perspective. In the last 3 years, he has been designing mechanical instruments in search of new sound and performance techniques.

His instruments are all about tactility. Using simple, yet effective, circuits to capture the sounds of everyday things and turning them into building blocks in his music compositions.

His latest instrument, the Poet Pilot, uses eight large touchpads and knobs to control motors. The motors can be attached to virtually any object or material to turn into an electromechanical instrument - from a drum machine to a drone synthesizer. This makes the Poet Pilot a very versatile tool that's highly intuitive and performance-focused.

Instrument in discussion

Sketches & prototypes

Archil Lab // Poet Pilot // Initial circuit
Archil Lab // Poet Pilot // Initial circuit
Archil Lab // Poet Pilot // Diagram
Archil Lab // Poet Pilot // Diagram
Archil Lab // Poet Pilot // interface design
Archil Lab // Poet Pilot // interface design
Archil Lab // Poet Pilot // Cardboard prototype
Archil Lab // Poet Pilot // Cardboard prototype
Archil Lab // Poet Pilot // Wood prototype
Archil Lab // Poet Pilot // Wood prototype