Over the past few years I have developed bespoke tools for my own artistic practice, as part of research projects, and in collaboration with other musicians. I like to work with the Max/MSP and Pure Data visual programming environments, which allow for rapid prototyping of ideas through connecting boxes on screen (I can also provide training in this area). Much of my work in the world of hardware is fashioned in a similar way, held together with gaffer tape and crocodile clips.
Pipilan is new piece of software for composing with gamelan and live electronics, which creates parts for a full ensemble from a simple sequence. Originally designed for auditioning parts when a full set of instruments is not available, it has proved an interesting way to introduce people to the principles behind traditional performance techniques.
The Electric Bonang is a set of small gongs that I have picked up from antique markets in Java over the last few years, augmented with an array of sensors, actuators, and lights.
I’ve recently been working on an adapted version of the classic Roland TB-303, using a selection of servo motors and muscle sensors.
This electronic version of the Javanese rebab uses a pair of ribbon controllers to emulate finger position on a string, while the bowing is emulated by a muscle sensor.
The Kellycaster is a hybrid stringed/digital guitar designed by John Kelly.