My objective with this project was to explore some of the issues involved with making a digital musical instrument which is based on an existing acoustic musical instrument. I was interested to explore the balance between giving a faithful digital recreation of the experience of playing the acoustic instrument and taking advantage of the possibilities that become available when the interface and the sound it produces become decoupled as they are in a digital musical instrument.
I started studying electronic music last year in Concordia’s electroacoustic music composition program. My background is in jazz piano performance, so I was naturally drawn to live electronic music performance as a major field of interest, and it didn’t take me long to figure out that the interfaces available to me were inadequate for performing the kind of music I was learning about at Concordia. Read on