Instrument Design Philosophy

Design plays a key role in how musicians creatively engage with digital and acoustic instruments. The way an instrument looks, feels and sounds is the manifestation of a carefully considered process that passes inspiration from maker to musician. So what goes into conceiving a new musical instrument? And how does the initial concept turn into an object?  

In this panel discussion, three musical instrument designers with vastly different approaches share insight into the philosophies of their design processes. We’ll hear from electronic instrument maker Eric Pitra, creative technologist and DIY instrument designer Helen Leigh, and Ableton hardware UX designer Johannes Russ.

By learning about the personalities, interests and stories of each panelist, you’ll discover what it means to create instruments designed to inspire others. In doing so, you’ll gain new perspectives on instrument design and come away with conceptual starting points for making your own.


Helen Leigh

Helen Leigh

Helen Leigh is a creative technologist who specializes in music technologies, craft-based electronics and education.