Publication Type:

Conference Paper


SMC Conference 2011 (2011)


This paper presents a new digital musical instrument that focuses on the issue of feedback in instrument design as a key condition to achieve a performance tool that is both highly responsive and highly expressive. The Sonik Spring emphasizes the relationship between kinesthetic feedback and sound production while at the same time linking visual and gestural motion to the auditory experience and musical outcome. The interface consists of a 15-inch coil that is held and controlled using both hands. The coil exhibits unique stiffness and flexibility characteristics that allow many degrees of variation of its shape and length. The design of the instrument is described and its unique features discussed. Three distinct performance modes are also detailed highlighting the instrument’s expressive potential and wide range functionality.

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