Mechanoise: Mechatronic Sound and Interaction in Embedded Acoustic Instruments

Sheffield, Eric

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The use of mechatronic components (e.g. DC motors and solenoids) as both electronic sound source and locus of interaction is explored in a form of embedded acoustic instruments called mechanoise instruments. Micro-controllers and embedded computing devices provide a platform for live control of motor speeds and additional sound processing by a human performer. Digital fabrication and use of salvaged and found materials are emphasized.