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Mobile Music, Sensors, Physical Modeling, and Digital Fabrication: Articulating the Augmented Mobile Instrument

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) – Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-8180, USA
School of Music, Theater, and Dance – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085, USA
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This paper is a re-written and expanded version of “Passively Augmenting Mobile Devices Towards Hybrid Musical Instrument Design”, published in the 2017 New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference (NIME-17), Copenhagen, Denmark, 15–19 May 2017.
Academic Editor: Stefania Serafin
Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(12), 1311;
Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 12 December 2017 / Accepted: 13 December 2017 / Published: 19 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sound and Music Computing)
Two concepts are presented, extended, and unified in this paper: mobile device augmentation towards musical instruments design and the concept of hybrid instruments. The first consists of using mobile devices at the heart of novel musical instruments. Smartphones and tablets are augmented with passive and active elements that can take part in the production of sound (e.g., resonators, exciter, etc.), add new affordances to the device, or change its global aesthetics and shape. Hybrid instruments combine physical/acoustical and “physically informed” virtual/digital elements. Recent progress in physical modeling of musical instruments and digital fabrication is exploited to treat instrument parts in a multidimensional way, allowing any physical element to be substituted with a virtual one and vice versa (as long as it is physically possible). A wide range of tools to design mobile hybrid instruments is introduced and evaluated. Aesthetic and design considerations when making such instruments are also presented through a series of examples. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile music; physical modeling; musical instrument design mobile music; physical modeling; musical instrument design
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Michon, R.; Smith, J.O.; Wright, M.; Chafe, C.; Granzow, J.; Wang, G. Mobile Music, Sensors, Physical Modeling, and Digital Fabrication: Articulating the Augmented Mobile Instrument. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 1311.

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