Just spotted the BoxBeat project on the MAKEzine blog. It’s a simple instrument that superimposes a percussion sound on your finger-tapping. I like the idea of creating instruments that you interact with indirectly (in this case through the table).
Here are two videos of Robin Price‘s audio-visual radio installation. The top video shows just the visualisation and the lower video shows the whole installation being used. Robin is a colleague in SARC and is working on database-driven musical interfaces/instruments. The radio installation shown here builds a database in real-time of sounds from the radio, which are then placed back in the radio-stream as the user plays with the radio.
Helped Tom Davis install his piano-wire, balloons, motors and piezo installation in SARC‘s sonic lab. Piano-wires were strung vertically between the floor panels and the lighting-rig each with a balloon attached to act as an amplifier. Each balloon had a piezo (contact mic.) attached to it which were used to drive the motors to pluck another balloons string. Complex feedback occurs when a balloon or string is touched by the audience.