I N G R A I N 

SOUND

2020, ID Tech II

Sound

Interaction

User Experience

Product design

Music Production

Performance

Music +

Design

This project is an exploration of new capabilities of creating and performing music. It is a conjunction of sounds and materials

A musical instrument.

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Cultural origins

A gambang, properly called a gambang kayu is a xylophone-like percussion instrument used in Indonesia. The bars of the instrument is made of a se wood, generally teak. It also found in ironwood (kayu besi). The bars mounted in a deep wooden case that serves as a resonator. Instruments typically have 17-21 keys that are easily removed and are kept in place by having a hole through which a nail is placed.

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Creative Exploration of Music, Culture, Artifacts & Experiences

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Producing sound

Different types of sound and new ways of producing music through several experiments were carried out to produce the basic sound of the musical instrument.

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Opening new

doors

The sound prototype was further explored to design an instrument with this sound in various scales and pitches. The grooves in the hardwood box are laser cut using the CNC machine.

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How it works

Variations of tube length, thickness, and groove depths were explored to change the sound produced.

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In the making

The grooves in the hardwood box are laser cut using the CNC machine. Brass tubes of varying lengths and thicknesses are tensioned above the grooves using tension strings. These strings are nailed into the wooden box to hold it in place. The materials chosen are meant to give the instrument a rustic look.

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The performance

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Our exploration and production evolved into a music band performance. We played and performed familiar music using our new unfamiliar instruments in sync with each other. These performances were judged and critiqued by esteemed designers from the music industry.

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Exploration.Production.Performance

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Rorschach

Series

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