The instrument was designed with a sympathetic and human perspective on music in contrast with prevailing digital trends such as AI generated music.
By incorporating motion through an unorthodox and participatory way as the catalyst for modulating audio, an emphasis is placed not only on the importance of movement in sound creation, but also the pleasure that comes with this playful method. Beyond this, the design hopes to encourage a myriad of interactions between spectators of different disciplines perhaps within the context of a natural environment - performative music creation accompanied by the gentle winds.
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How does it work?
A lengthy steel rod spans above head-height and pivots on sturdy steel tripod legs. Each end of the rod holds an organically shaped handle with a speaker embedded. In fluorescent yellow, these handles invite passers-by to interact and play. With a slight nudge the top element would rotate and swing, and a gyroscope at the center translates this motion into a set of synth chords, accentuated with vibrato.
The gyroscope tracks both the change in rotation, as well as the acceleration along a particular axis. The change in rotation above a certain threshold changes the chord sets, whilst the acceleration controls the strength of vibrato.