Volatile Assemblage (VOLA)

Paul Stapleton (Designer)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


Volatile Assemblage aka VOLA (2018-ongoing) currently brings together a metal resonator with strings and contact microphone, belt-driven turntable with modified vinyl records, upcycled HHD drive controller with a LattePanda Alpha embedded computer running Arduino and Max/MSP patches, and two Bugbrand Postcard Weevils all connected via a mini-mixer to an amplified array of transducers, along with an assortment of actuators (e.g. bow, beaters, cappuccino whisk, ping pong balls). The system is battery powered, and fits into a carry-on size Explorer flight case. Additional audio output can be sent to an amplifier or PA for both spatialization and to allow for the system to adapt to different acoustic spaces. The portable, self-contained and adaptable features of VOLA are explicit design choices which allow me to use this instrument in diverse contexts (e.g. Ens Ekt trio, Ricki O’Rawe duo, Franziska Schroeder duo, and in my solo performances).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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