The Springamajig: A Flexible Digital Musical Instrument

Thomas Rushton, Dan Overholt

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Sound and Music Computing Conference, June 5-12th, 2022, Saint-Étienne (France) : SMC/JIM/IFC 2022
EditorsRomain Michon, Laurent Pottier, Yann Orlarey
Number of pages2
PublisherSound and Music Computing Network
Publication date2022
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-9584126-0-9
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event19th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2022 - Saint-Etienne, France
Duration: 5 Jun 202212 Jun 2022


Conference19th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2022
SeriesProceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Participation in the SMC-2022 conference was supported by the European Art Science and Technology Network (EASTN-DC)

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright: © 2022 Thomas Rushton et al.


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