Virtual-Acoustic Instrument Design: Exploring the Parameter Space of a String-Plate Model

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Abstract

Exploration is an intrinsic element of designing and engagingwith acoustic as well as digital musical instruments.This paper reports on the ongoing development of an explorativevirtual-acoustic instrument based on simulationof the vibrations of a string coupled nonlinearly to a plate.The performer drives the model by tactile interaction witha string-board controller fitted with piezo-electric sensors.The string-plate model is formulated in a way that prioritisesits parametric explorability. Where the roles of creatingperformance gestures and designing instruments aretraditionally separated, such a design provides a continuumacross these domains, with retainment of instrument physicality.The string-plate model, its real-time implementation,and the control interface are described, and the systemis preliminarily evaluated through informal observations ofhow musicians engage with the system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNIME (New Interfaces for Muscial Expression) 2017 Papers and Posters Proceedings
PublisherAalborg University Copenhagen
Pages399-403
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2017

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    Mehes, S., Walstijn, M. V., & Stapleton, P. (2017). Virtual-Acoustic Instrument Design: Exploring the Parameter Space of a String-Plate Model. In NIME (New Interfaces for Muscial Expression) 2017 Papers and Posters Proceedings (pp. 399-403). Aalborg University Copenhagen. http://homes.create.aau.dk/dano/nime17/papers/0075/index.html