At this years London Design Festival, students from RCA developed a number of musical instruments in collaboration with Yamaha for the Resonance Project. The aim was to design instruments that would bring together the experience of performers and audience members, and to encourage participation and collaboration.
The purpose of Sam Weller‘s ‘Public Resonance’ project was to enable any object to be transformed into a percussion instrument. It uses a selection of G-clamp pick-ups that can be fixed to an object which detect vibrations when the object is hit, scraped or tapped.
Lingjing Yin‘s concept, ‘Touch the Sound’, uses under floor sensors and an XBox Kinect camera. In this project, performers have the ability to create the music as they perform, the musical output is dependent on how the performers move together and touch.
In ‘The Cisum Music’ five cylindrical shaped speakers contain different elements of a musical piece and the sound is produced as the spheres are moved. The overall musical performance is dependant on which spheres are moving, which enables an interactive method to generate the music. The concept behind ‘The Cisum Music’ was developed by Anton Alvarez and the musical elements were provided by Rickard Jäverling.
‘The Human Speaker’ project was developed by Nic Wallenberg it uses a collar that fits are the user’s neck. Sound is produced by creating vibrations in the upper throat which means the vocal chords are not used.