Posted on September 8, 2017Independent Study
A prototype is already underway! In order to test that I can reproduce the EBow’s electronic components, I am building a minimal structure that can hold a string and a pickup.
At this point, I’ll need to find a tuning key and and pickup, so that I can obtain a sound signal from the contraption.
Artists and Works
While exploring for artists that work in the same field, it was suggested that I look into Thomas Bégin. It turns out his work is really interesting, I’ll definitely look more into his works.
On another note, I was looking into mechanical instruments and prepared instruments. I stumbled onto Wintergatan, who did a series of videos exploring some of the mechanical instruments presented at the Speelklok Museum of Utrecht.
As I mentioned in the proposal, I wanted to explore Brutalism and Constructivism as they could be inspiration for the visual aesthetic of the musical sculpture.
As it turns out, Constructivism is not at all a sculptural or architectural movement, but rather a philosophy of education! It’s not altogether uninteresting, but at this point I will put it aside so I can concentrate on subjects related to the project.
As for Brutalism, which is not an architectural movement I appreciate all that much, I do believe it can be an interesting influence for a sculpture. I picked out some books from the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec so that I can discover a bit more about it.
- E. Singer, K. Larke, and D. Bianciardi, “Lemur guitarbot: midi robotic string instrument”
- O. Lähdeoja, “An approach to instrument augmentation : the electric guitar”
- S. Ferguson, A. Martin, and A. Johnston, “A corpus-based method for controlling guitar feedback”
- J. Murphy, J. McVay, A. Kapur, and D. Carnegie, “Designing and building expressive robotic guitars”
- R. Graham and J. Harding, “Septar: audio breakout design for multichannel guitar”
- R. Vindriis and D. Carnegie, “Strumbot—an overview of a strumming guitar robot”
I have quite a few things in hand already, so it’s on me to read a bit more and prepare the prototype.