INSTRUMENT

DESIGN

BY  Sisi Hong & Minsun Kim   2018

Design new types of musical instruments.

Designers inspired by the possible "gesture" of playing the instrument. We focused on the gesture of the player, as we thought how the performer plays the instrument is as interesting as the sound itself. While considering the posture of the player, we naturally dealt with ergonomics and resulted in giving creative ways to play the instrument.

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The BRIDGE is a toner instrument that has total 18 strings. Made of maple wood, strings, acrylic rods and fastening screws. The sturdy wood blocks create three spaces where the strings line up.  Left-hand lies on number 1 and 2 surface, and right-hand lies on the 3rd surface.

The research was heavily done figuring out geometry that how to create a great the 3-D space. Through process of making prototypes with paper, chipboard and plywood, We finally decided to use maple wood as a main material to  build the instrument.

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"PALETTE"

The PALLETTE is a toner instrument and has other elements that can also use as a percussion. 

On the board, the Kalimba and the wood dowels are all on a parabolic curve that one can follow the track with the wood stick to make a continuous sound by wide opening one's arm.

The prototyping process of Palette was a number of trials studying materials of woods and metal. Especially figuring out the tension and the bridge to make the acute tone were the major tasks. The final design is fabricated with steel, plywood, and glass.

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"CHANDELIER"

The CHANDELIER is a percussion, the inspiration was from the Chandelier and the clear sound of glass. 

The distance between the glass and the plate was carefully decided after several trials to get the right sound.

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"BRIDGE"