The Springamajig is a prototype gestural digital musical instrument based on the physical properties of a large helical extension spring suspended between two long handles. Equipped with a small collection of sensors which measure its physical orientation and manipulation, plus a microphone and speaker, the instrument is self-contained, and sonifies gestures by way of a bespoke, granular-type table-lookup synthesis engine running on an internal microcontroller. The instrument has the potential to present an engaging and compelling experience for performer and audience, respectively; this is due in part to the resistance provided by the spring under deformation, and the physical effort required in order to perform with it. Its physical properties lend it to a variety of performance approaches, taking advantage of its weight and momentum.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 19th Sound and Music Computing Conference, June 5-12th, 2022, Saint-Étienne (France) : SMC/JIM/IFC 2022|
|Editors||Romain Michon, Laurent Pottier, Yann Orlarey|
|Number of pages||2|
|Publisher||Sound and Music Computing Network|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
|Event||19th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2022 - Saint-Etienne, France|
Duration: 5 Jun 2022 → 12 Jun 2022
|Conference||19th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2022|
|Period||05/06/2022 → 12/06/2022|
|Series||Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Participation in the SMC-2022 conference was supported by the European Art Science and Technology Network (EASTN-DC)
Copyright: © 2022 Thomas Rushton et al.