Reduced Listening

There is a deep, cold humming sound with a tinge of crackled buzzing.  These sounds were supplemented with a more faint buzzing overhead.  The sound of traveling voices peppers this scene. The source of the cold humming is not organic.  The bass of the humming matches the vibration of the floor. -Chris Williams Advertisements

Daxophone By Hans Reichel

I was most impressed by the variety of sounds that an individual daxophone can produce.  In tandem with others, there is the potential for compositions that sound ethereal or otherworldly.  The daxophone is a friction-based instrument that is played by plucking or bowing.  A contact microphone at its base picks up the sound for amplification. …

Noise Machine Ideas

Noise Machine Ideas 1. Seismo-phone Develop a percussive instrument that is played by the movement of tectonic plates. 2. Emotion-based Music Create an EEG-based musical instrument that is played by changing emotions.  Tones will be mapped to different brain wave activity.  Changing the brain waves, or emotional state, will produce a different sound. 3. Controlled…

Fun Instruments

What makes an instrument fun to play? It’s important for me that an instrument has meaningful mappings so that it makes me feel that the instrument is controllable. For example, if I pluck a string on the guitar, it produces a sound – this gives me a one-to-one feeling of the action and the result.…

Videos

I think the common thing these instruments have, which I both like and dislike is that they’re to some degree “controllers”, and not “instruments”. Something which I think a lot of musicians and inventors rightfully confuse. I think the problem is, everyone still trying to use electricity and sensors as the main selling point of…

I think that what makes an instrument fun to play is the element of feedback, which lends itself to exploration.  The best instruments, in my opinion, are the instruments that grant the greatest amount of control to the player.  As a player experiments with different ways to interact with the instrument, the amount of control…

Noise Machine Update

After being more or less stumped for a long while about what kind of a thing I actually wanted to make, I’ve taken on a new strategy for hypothesizing.  Rather than prioritizing the physical layout of the noisemaker, I’ve simply decided to try and think of my favorite kinds of noises and how I might…