AlphaSphere from Prototype to Product

Place, Adam and Lacey, Liam and Mitchell, Thomas

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper explores the design process of the AlphaSphere, an experimental new musical instrument that has transitioned into scale production and international distribution. Initially, the design intentions and engineering processes are covered. The paper continues by briefly evaluating the user testing process and outlining the ergonomics, communication protocol and software of the device. The paper closes by questioning what it takes to evaluate success as a musical instrument.