Motors, Magnets and Motion: Electronic Music Instruments from the Physical World

Can a motor be a musical instrument? How about a ticking clock? Can a cello be a synthesizer? As musicians, we're always looking for new sounds and new musical experiences. Some musicians look outside the computer, seeking out sounds beyond the digital world.

In this panel, we explore the work, practices and motivations of three musician-instrument makers who all create their own unique, hybrid electronic/physical instruments. Instead of using digital plugins, these active mechanical instruments use wood, springs, wires, motors, speaker drivers and contact microphones to create physical sequencers and audio effects. The participants will present their instruments and practices, and what led them to search for sound beyond synthesis.