The SEGULHARPA is an electromagnetic harp i've been working on for the past year. Utilizing 13 hand woven magnetic actuators that feedback through 26 strings on the inside, the SEGULHARPA is a completely acoustic electronic instrument.
The instrument has a very characteristic tone and timbre. Controlled either via OSC(open sound control) through a USB cable, or by the capacitive touch keyboard on the front panel - so you can feel the object vibrate in your hands while playing it.
Future versions will allow any audio signal to be routed through the strings for a completely acoustic "string reverb" effect. Listen to a preliminar test of the "string reverb" here ::
Building process ::
Video of early prototyping of the electromagnetic system ::
A recent workshop I organized in collaboration with Arnljótur Sigurðsson at the LúngA Festival, July 2012.
A treasure hunt of sounds, with the intent to open the ears of the participants to soundscapes surrounding them in everyday life.
In the process of discussing vibrations, math and golden ratios, ideas were materialized in the creation of soundtoys and instruments - which were built throughout the week, followed by an improvised concert.
I am interested in weaving different aspects of musical practice together into compositions; programming electronic sounds with max/msp or supercollider - scavenging for field-recordings - improvising with others - improvising alone in front of an audience - building instruments, working in the studio - writing orchestrations for small or large ensembles.
I enjoy creating things from elements not fully understood by myself, all the while being fervent in learning new things through experimentation. Music is a kind of alchemy in this way.
There is a certain place in spacetime that appears within infinitely small windows of time, envelopes of clarity one passes through at different moments in life - and these moments are linked together with a singular sensation peculiar to them.
Like a sudden realization of your place in the universe that is beyond words, a glimpse of wisdom drifting down a windy street that is too brief to comprehend but lingers long enough to feel.
In music this sensation coruscates through abrasiveness and spaciousness, the minimal and baroque, the mysteries of this abstract ancient ever-changing language are infinite and vast.