The Human Harp Transforms Suspension Bridges Into Instruments

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The Human Harp, a global multi-media project founded by Di Mainstone, explores the idea of attaching controls to suspension cables, making it possible to ‘play’ a bridge as an electro-acoustic instrument.

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Jamming In The Woods With A Minimal Mobile Studio

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Marcus of Perplex On, captures some live jamming, in the woods, with a minimal synth and mobile recording rig.

“Spring got me, so i took the chance to go for a walk with my new little friend, the Teenage Engineering PO-12 rhythm,” he notes, “and my phone to do some improvised recording in the wild.” Continue reading

Seattle Symphony Debuts New Work For Orchestra & Kinect-Controlled Music Robots

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The Seattle Symphony (Music Director Ludovic Morlot) recently premiered Above, Below, and In Between, a commission and site-specific composition by sculptor, sound artist and composer Trimpin.

Above, Below, and In Between is a sculpture and musical composition for small orchestra, soprano voice, prepared piano, kinetic instruments and gesture-controlled conducting.

The piece was created in partnership with Microsoft. Here’s the official video overview: Continue reading

Free LinnStrument Update Adds Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression, User Firmware Mode

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Developer Geert Bevin let us know that Roger Linn Design has released an update to the firmware for the LinnStrument, adding support for the new Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression specification, a new User Firmware Mode and more. Continue reading

DrumPants 2.0 Are Harder, Faster, Stronger, Better – But Still In Your Pants

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The developers of DrumPants have announced DrumPants 2.0 – the harder, faster, stronger, better version of the wearable wireless MIDI controller.

According to the developers, the updated DrumPants 2.0 controller brings reliability, latency, and design improvements – and puts all that power in your pants.  Continue reading

Paul Vo’s Wond Meets Production Funding Goal

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Designer Paul Vo’s Kickstarter project to fund the production of his new Wond String Exciter has reached its funding goal, with more than two weeks left to go.

The Wond String Exciter is a new device, designed to let you explore new ways of playing string instruments.

Vo’s instruments explore the idea of ‘acoustic synthesis’ – using electronics to control the vibration of physical objects and to shape the harmonics of the resulting sounds.

According to Vo, the Wond is the most powerful handheld exciter, sustainer and controller ever invented. It is a magnetic plectrum for strings, that lets you create infinite sustain and play the harmonics of a string in new ways.
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