As musicians, we're always looking for new sounds and new musical experiences. Some of us look for inspiration outside the computer, seeking out sounds and techniques that come directly from the physical world. But can a motor be a musical instrument? How about a ticking clock? Can a cello become a synthesizer?
In this video, filmed at Loop 2017, we explore the work, practices and motivations of three musician-instrument makers, Alice Eldridge, Gijs Gieskes and Koka Nikoladze – all of whom have created their own unique, hybrid electronic/physical instruments. Instead of digital plugins, their instruments use wood, springs, wires, motors, speaker drivers and contact microphones to create physical sequencers and audio effects.
Check out the video below to see them present their instruments and discuss what led them to search for sound beyond synthesis.