Matiah Shaman, physics
This is a collaborative project with Richard Johnson, a music DMA student, to build a cello that is modified to respond to the player dynamically. It will contain several haptic-feedback mechanisms capable of modifying the tactile experience of the player, with the goal of influencing how the performer plays the instrument. For example, the instrument will include mechanisms to modify the vibration of the strings, mute the strings and obstruct bowing. For feedback, the instrument will have various audio pickups as well as elements to that detect where the strings are pressed and how hard the bow is being played. A computer running SuperCollider will sythesize these input and output elements to create a musical environment that responds to and affects improvisation or composed pieces. We would like to eventually train a musician to play the instrument and host a concert featuring it.