Embedded Digital Shakers: Handheld Physical Modeling Synthesizers

Piepenbrink, Andrew

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

We present a flexible, compact, and affordable embedded physical modeling synthesizer which functions as a digital shaker. The instrument is self-contained, battery-powered, wireless, and synthesizes various shakers, rattles, and other handheld shaken percussion. Beyond modeling existing shakers, the instrument affords new sonic interactions including hand mutes on its loudspeakers and self-sustaining feedback. Both low-cost and high-performance versions of the instrument are discussed.