Bangarama: Creating Music With Headbanging

Bardos, Laszlo and Korinek, Stefan and Lee, Eric and Borchers, Jan

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Bangarama is a music controller using headbanging as the primaryinteraction metaphor. It consists of a head-mounted tilt sensor and aguitar-shaped controller that does not require complex finger positions. We discuss the specific challenges of designing and buildingthis controller to create a simple, yet responsive and playable instrument, and show how ordinary materials such as plywood, tinfoil, and copper wire can be turned into a device that enables a fun,collaborative music-making experience.