Tromba Moderna: A Digitally Augmented Medieval Instrument

Baldwin, Alex and Hammer, Troels and Pechiulis, Edvinas and Williams, Peter and Overholt, Dan and Serafin, Stefania

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

An interactive museum exhibit of a digitally augmented medieval musical instrument, the tromba marina, is presented. The tromba marina is a curious single stringed instrument with a rattling bridge, from which a trumpet-like timbre is produced. The physical instrument was constructed as a replica of one found in Musikmuseet in Frederiksberg. The replicated instrument was augmented with a pickup, speakers and digital signal processing to create a more reliable, approachable and appropriate instrument for interactive display in the museum. We report on the evaluation of the instrument performed at the Danish museum of musical instruments.