Cyrus von Hochstetter


A four string electro-acoustic instrument where the pitch of the strings are gradually controlled with the individual fingers of a hand wearing a glove.

New Interfaces for Musical Expression,The Musical Sequence: Expression through Repetition

This NIME instrument took its inspiration from a traditional Indian instrument called Ektara. In origin the ektara was a regular string instrument of wandering bards and minstrels from India and is plucked with one finger. Pressing the two halves of the neck together loosens the string, thus lowering its pitch. This concept was expanded into the \"Elektara\" a four string tabletop guitar-like instrument. The tension of each individual string is controlled by wearing a glove that measures the position of each finger. Thus, with subtle motions of the fingers the pitch of each string is gradually controlled, while the other hand is free to pluck the individual strings.