Monday, October 30, 2017

Robotic Insomnia (wip)

Exploring the robotic aesthetics of string actuation mixed with human fretting on the guitar. Guitar Machine II is a robotic guitar that responds to human gestures, as well as other input means such as midi controllers or algorithmic composition. The sound it generates becomes an unsung mix of electronic and analog.

Solenoid module: high-speed hammering plucking device, up to 400+ bpm in any complex sequence
Coil module: can drive bowing effects on each string individually or in parallel with any input frequency
Motor module: creates extremely high speed tremolo patterns, filling the sonic gap between bowing and plucking
Midi interface: the system can talk to any external midi devices, or software, to be driven through digital compositions