bEADS: Extended Actuated Digital Shaker

Peter Leslie Williams, Daniel Overholt

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While there are a great variety of digital musical interfaces
available to the working musician, few offer the level of immediate,
nuanced and instinctive interaction that one finds
in an acoustic shaker. bEADS is a prototype of a digital
musical instrument that utilises the gestural vocabulary
associated with shaken idiophones and expands on the techniques
and sonic possibilities associated with them.
By using a bespoke physically informed synthesis engine,
in conjunction with accelerometer and pressure sensor data,
an actuated handheld instrument has been built that allows
for quickly switching between widely differing percussive
sound textures. The prototype has been evaluated by three
experts with different levels of involvement in professional
music making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNIME 2017 Papers and Posters Proceedings
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationCopenhagen, Denmark
Publication date15 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2017
EventNew Interfaces for Musical Expression 2017 - AAU Sydhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 14 May 201718 May 2017


ConferenceNew Interfaces for Musical Expression 2017
LocationAAU Sydhavn
Internet address
SeriesNIME Proceedings

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