London Design Festival: Project Resonance

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.

‘Music Within’ is a project by Petter Thörne and Youness Benali whereby small cameras are attached inside guitars, drums and flutes providing an alternative visual representation of the performance.

Music Within

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 Cisum Music

‘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.

Soundgarten – a tangible interface

The Soundgarten is a tangible interface to create sound environments aimed at childreen beween the ages of 3 and 7. It aims to explore three goals:

  • to produce tools for early musical education and training of acoustic perception
  • to encourage collaborative action
  • to develop new approaches in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

The different sounds are represented by mushroom-shaped items and it is possible to manipulate the sound by plugging in flower and leaf-formed items into the mushrooms.


The intention behind RGB is to encourage audience participation in the musical composition phase when performing live music. The system was developed by Tomas Dvorak, Alessandro Capozzo and Matous Godik. Flashlights are used to interlace red, green and blue colours which can be combined to produce more colours. The position and colour of the lights helps to determine the resulting sound output.