Reader Peter DeSimone sent word of his AirHarp – an DIY gestural MIDI controller.
The AirHarp combines chord fingering in one hand with gestural note triggering in the other. DeSimone describes the AirHarp as a sort of “ultrasonic digital autoharp”.
Above, DeSimone performs his arrangement of Handel’s Lascia ch’io pianga for voice and AirHarp.
AirHarp kits are available for $67. An Arduino is also required.
The project can be built as a standalone instrument or as a USB MIDI controller. In addition to the kits, plans and source code are available for free, as it’s an open source project. See the AirHarp site for details.
In this video, DeSimone explains how to play the AirHarp and explains some of the music theory and playing technique of the AirHarp.