Digital Musical Instruments

interfaces for live electronic music

As a classically trained musician I was disheartened by the lack of commercially available digital interfaces for music making that allowed for an instant, intuitive and delicate playing of digital sounds. This is especially important to me when playing together with acoustic instruments in chamber ensembles. At the same time I was eager to intertwine my love for digital systems and programming with my music making. I needed an interface that allowed me to play intuitively with fragility and precision so in 2016 I started building my first custom digital musical instrument.

Scarda

Scarda is an audiovisual live performance interface specifically designed to explore the use of fragility as a metaphor in every aspect of an audiovisual performance. While it builds upon my previous DMIs in terms of the sensors it is using, it also introduces several new portals of interaction between the body and the computer systems conjuring up (or computing if you prefer) the sounds and visuals.

Octarion

The octarion was built as part of the final project for my BA in composition from the University of Gothenburg in 2017. It was designed to allow for fluid integration with acoustic instruments through microtonal intonation, low latency, variable amplitude and attack/release envelopes as well as timbre controlled by navigating a 2D space using accelerometer readings. Every input of the interface is independent and controllable simultaneously.

Watch the octarion on YouTube

Prototypes

Reverion

Not every DMI experiment has been successful and the reverion was one such experiment. I had high flying ideas for an arm mounted interface running standalone without a laptop using the bela platform. It would run a real-time waveshaping algorithm for sound synthesis as well as do live looping with variable tempo to continuously sync with other musicians. During the process of building the instrument several flaws appeared in my design and my goals were never fulfilled. I was however able to salvage ideas and parts for other projects; hopefully my intial goals will be made justice in future instruments. For the reverion all that remains is a rendition of the Swedish folk song Ack Värmeland du sköna: