Discussions

Touch, Code, Play: creating hybrid physical-digital music instruments

In recent years, the increased availability of affordable microcontrollers and other components has allowed a burgeoning community of maker-musicians to create novel new musical instruments. These hybrid instruments defy commonplace categorizations of controller or synthesizer. They ask us to reconsider the role of electronics and computers in the design of musical instruments.

This panel will explore the world of bespoke electronic music instrument creation, digging into the design, engineering, and performance practices associated with these novel instruments. Using affordable, open components, how does one take an idea through the stages of design, engineering, and ultimately get it onto the stage for performance? How do electronic instruments change when we’re able to move outside the familiar screen and slider paradigms? And what sort of new musical forms might emerge from this work?

 

Please note: Space in Studio 1 is strictly limited. Please arrive early to ensure you'll get in.

Date & Location



EastWest Studio 1

Participant

Astrid Bin

Astrid Bin

Dr Astrid Bin is an artist and technologist.

Dan Moses

Dan Moses

Dan Moses is a multi-instrumentalist, musical instrument designer, DSP engineer and composer living in Oakland CA.

Stephanie Cheng Smith

Stephanie Cheng Smith

Stephanie Cheng Smith is a composer, performer and programmer who creates interactive pieces, installations, improvisations and through-composed works.

Moderator

Peter Kirn

Peter Kirn

Peter Kirn is a musician and electronic artist active as voice for understanding technological practice and collaboration.