Kugelschwung -a Pendulum-based Musical Instrument

Henson, Jamie and Collins, Benjamin and Giles, Alexander and Webb, Kathryn and Livingston, Matthew and Mortensson, Thomas

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper introduces the concept of Kugelschwung, a digital musical instrument centrally based around the use of pendulums and lasers to create unique and highly interactive electronic ambient soundscapes. Here, we explore the underlying design and physical construction of the instrument, as well as its implementation and feasibility as an instrument in the real world. To conclude, we outline potential expansions to the instrument, describing how its range of applications can be extended to accommodate a variety of musical styles.