Csound Instruments On Stage

Hofmann, Alex and Waerstad, Bernt and Koch, Kristoffer

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Low cost, credit card size computers like the Raspberry Pi allow musicians to experiment with building software-based standalone musical instruments. The COSMO Project aims to provide an easy-to-use hardware and software framework to build Csound based instruments as hardware devices. Inside the instrument, the Csound software is running on a Raspberry Pi computer, connected to a custom designed interface board (COSMO-HAT) that allows to connect potentiometers, switches, LED’s, and sensors. A classic stomp box design is used to demonstrate how Csound can be brought on stage as a stand-alone hardware effect instrument.