I wish to create a novel electronic musical instrument that seems accessible and intuitive to audience.
I am using clapping as my focus for musical gesture.
I feel it is a universally understood gesture with musical connotations in Eastern Music (especially qawalli where its expected for performers AND audiences to clap to keep rhythm) and Western music where people often clap at concerts in rhythm.
There has been a history of using a glove like form for experimental electronic instrument but I feel never addressing the clapping capability of the hand is a missed opportunity. My project aims to explore that.
Eventually I wish to write and perform oral storytelling pieces with my instrument and also be able to give it as a MIDI instrument to other talented musicians to see where they go with it.
[Special Request] I am working on a comedy performance using this musical instrument. I would appreciate if I can get a small room for the ITP show. I remember there was a project by Kaini in Shawn's room last show. I wish to conduct 5 minute shows for 5,6 people one after the other all through the day. I feel it will really help me showcase my project and idea in the contex that I want.
Designing for Digital Fabrication, Homemade Hardware, New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Exoskeleton Analog Synthesizer. A sci-fi / cyborg theme analog synthesizer. Embed electricity, machines into human body. An exploration of human machine / machine human. It is built into an exoskeleton arm controlled by hand gesture and screwdriver.
I made this project for NIME class, I build a mountain shape synthesizer, and the mountain is formed by blocks, each block has a RGB LED inside. the light can be really colorful and it can interact with me and the sound.
Twenty wooden beams with two guitar strings each are played by a wheel with Mongolian horsehair. Mongolian horses were of extreme importance during the era of Genghis Khan to the extent that forty horses were reputedly sacrificed at his tomb – his steeds would be needed in his afterlife, and their gallops can be heard on this forty-string soundscape.
The horsehair itself is hard to tame – it is constantly attempting to break free from the wheel. It craves for wildness and freedom while simultaneously issuing cries of pain.
New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Project Development Studio
Using 3D textures, slit scan techniques and face tracking I will create portrait mashups in which multiple faces will morph between each other, resulting in the viewer recognizing who they are seeing while also being unable to hold on to what they have just seen.
Prosopagnosia is a medical condition in which a person is unable to recognize the faces of people that are familiar to them. My project is an attempt to look at an inverted version of this condition, in which the viewer recognizes multiple faces that my be familiar to them within a single face, all the while being unable to hold on to the memory of the face they've just seen. This a portraiture project in which the usual subject of a portrait, the individual, is superseded to create the idea of a unique individual, frame by frame. During the show people will have their portraits taken, their face being added to the mix while removing a face that was previously in the group. There will also be the ability to change the settings of how the faces are morphed between, controlled either by myself or possibly by the viewers.