Tibetan Singing Prayer Wheel: A Hybrid Musical- Spiritual Instrument Using Gestural Control

Wu, J. Cecilia and Yeh, Yoo Hsiu and Michon, Romain and Weitzner, Nathan and Abel, Jonathan and Wright, Matthew

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper presents the Tibetan Singing Prayer Wheel, a hand-held, wireless, sensor-based musical instrument with a human-computer interface that simultaneously processes vocals and synthesizes sound based on the performer’s hand gestures with a one-to-many mapping strategy. A physical model simulates the singing bowl, while a modal reverberator and a delay-and-window effect process the performer’s vocals. This system is designed for an electroacoustic vocalist interested in using a solo instrument to achieve performance goals that would normally require multiple instruments and activities.