Noah Vahter, a chief instigator in the electronic exertion instrument movement, sent us an update on his activities this year.
Vahter’s “electronic exertion instruments” are electronic instruments with built-in generators. Instead of using wall power or batteries, they are powered by players’ movements.
Or as Vahter explains, “The volume and duration of every note played is bound to player energy. In order to play loud, one may have to sacrifice instrument or self.”
We featured example of his instruments in action on this post from last year.
“Since then,” notes Vahter, “I have been working hard, improving the instruments acoustically, electronically, and in the synthesizer algorithm department.”
Vahter has been teaching workshops on building electronic exertion instruments and is documenting the evolution of his designs at his Electronic Exertion Music Instrument Design page.
Vahter adds “I want an OP-1 for Christmas!” Don’t we all. And how about a DIY Electronic Eel kit in 2011?