Year: 

2001

Designers: 

Ajay Kapur
The purpose of an ETabla is to allow a traditionally trained Tabla performer easy access into electronic music. Detailed data about a performance can be processed in real-time and used to control software parameters and robotic instruments.
The purpose of an ETabla is to allow a traditionally trained Tabla performer easy access into electronic music. Detailed data about a performance can be processed in real-time and used to control software parameters and robotic instruments. The first design was build a custom drum heads, with force sensors placed in locations governed by traditional technique. This data was converted to MIDI protocol and used to control synthesis parameters and visual abstractions. Another method has been to keep the integrity of the Tabla and simply design custom pickups for the inside of the instrument, to amplify the signal in such a a way to reduced feedback. This allows the modern Tabla performer to easily plug into their laptop and use other interfaces (such as the KiOm), to manipulate audio effect parameters in real-time.

Year: 

2005+

Designers: 

Ajay Kapur
The Electronic Sitar (ESitar) is a new instrument combining the traditional craft of India with new hardware and software that enables a performer to natively interface with a laptop.
The Electronic Sitar (ESitar) is a hyperinstrument combining the traditional craft of India with hardware and software that enables a performer to natively interface with a laptop. The ESitar uses variety of custom sensors positioned for traditional Sitar technique, converting human musical gestures to MIDI/OSC which KarmetiK software processes in real time. With the goal of capturing a wide variety of gestural input data, the ESitar controller combines several different families of sensing technology and signal processing methods. The specific gestures our system captures data from are the depressed fret number, thumb pressure, pluck direction, and 3 axes of the tilt of the instrument. The instrument comes with a variety of knobs and buttons for digital control.

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