The paper deals with strategies and techniques for building and using “residual orchestras”, that is, ensembles of low cost music instruments that can be controlled by the computer. First, the notion of “residual” is discussed as a keyword for the project. Then, the physical computing scenario is introduced, as it is the main reference for all the discussed projects. The inspiring“punk”philosophy is presented,and basic values and principles for design and implementation are discussed, in particular “refabrication”, softening, flexibility. A design/ production pipeline is presented that takes into account the three different layers in residual orchestras: physical, physical computing, computation. Finally, some projects that have been realized are shortly discussed.

Residual Orchestras: Notes On Low Profile, Automated Sound Instruments

VALLE, ANDREA
2015

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The paper deals with strategies and techniques for building and using “residual orchestras”, that is, ensembles of low cost music instruments that can be controlled by the computer. First, the notion of “residual” is discussed as a keyword for the project. Then, the physical computing scenario is introduced, as it is the main reference for all the discussed projects. The inspiring“punk”philosophy is presented,and basic values and principles for design and implementation are discussed, in particular “refabrication”, softening, flexibility. A design/ production pipeline is presented that takes into account the three different layers in residual orchestras: physical, physical computing, computation. Finally, some projects that have been realized are shortly discussed.
The Virtuous Circle. Cumulus Conference
Milano
3-7 June 2015
The Virtuous Circle. Design Culture and Experimentation. Prooceedings of the Cumulus Conference, Milano 2015
McGraw-Hill Education
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729
9788838694059
physical computing, sustainable design, contemporary music
Valle, Andrea
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