Rasper: a Mechatronic Noise-Intoner

Zareei, Mo and Kapur, Ajay and Carnegie, Dale A.

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Over the past few decades, there has been an increasing number of musical instruments and works of sound art that incorporate robotics and mechatronics. This paper proposes a new approach in classification of such works and focuses on those whose ideological roots can be sought in Luigi Russolo’s noise-intoners (intonarumori). It presents a discussion on works in which mechatronics is used to investigate new and traditionally perceived as “extra-musical” sonic territories, and introduces Rasper: a new mechatronic noise-intoner that features an electromechanical apparatus to create noise physically, while regulating it rhythmically and timbrally.