A Hailu Mergia Fan & His Super-Modern Instrument

Billy Bennett

A wand to control music! There are no wrong notes…



Inspired by the album “Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument” by Ethiopian artist Hailu Mergia, I built a musical wand that mimics these Mergia's distinct mode of playing. The wand controls musical pitches with aided by a visual component to increase understanding and engagement.


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