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.
|Title of host publication||NIME (New Interfaces for Muscial Expression) 2017 Papers and Posters Proceedings|
|Publisher||Aalborg University Copenhagen|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 18 May 2017|