Bruce Gremo: concept, mouthpiece and ergonomic design, MSP programming, performer
Jeff Feddersen: body and circuit design, name, Basic programming
Eric Singer: C++ programming, ongoing tech support
This instrument has two parts; a physical ‘flute controller’ and software application (Max/MSP). Only its performance gestures are modeled after the Japanese Shakuhachi, its sound world employing complex synthesis, sample manipulation and re-synthesis techniques. It aspires to be both a nuanced ‘event’ controller (like an acoustic instrument) and a ‘process’ controller. Its mouthpiece splits an air column produced using an open emboucher. Control data is derived from an analysis of the split air column’s dynamics. Rather than finger holes, 5 high-resolution three-dimensional track pads enable numerous finger techniques that can be used on non-keyed flutes.
Anne La Berge is interested in extending the acoustic flute via various hardware and software in both composed and improvised settings.
Anne La Berge writes —
“I consider the acoustic flute as an integrated part of my controllers. For non acoustic input I use commercial controller pedals and switches connected to a STEIM USB box. I am also building a set of controllers for ensemble players using the arduino which include simple knobs and switches.
I use the amplified acoustic flute as an input device which can have any number of control functions. I also use up to 4 continuous controller pedals and up to 8 switch pedals connected to the STEIM USB box to input controller information into max which is then distributed to various software and hardware. I am also building an Arduino interface which will have continuous controller knobs and small switches for members of a 5 piece band. These elementary controllers will give them limited input into other hardware and software used by the band.”
Sid Fels: designer, technician
Graeme McCaig: technician
Florian Vogt: technician
The Tooka is a two person flute. Sid Fels writes —
“The current version of the Tooka uses two identical sections of hollow flexible tube connected together with a plastic connector to form one continuous tube. At each end is a mouth-piece made from a connector, four buttons and a pressure sensor. The tube’s outside and inside diameters are 1.25” and 1”, respectively, providing a fairly high compliance. When assembled, the Tooka measures 86cm long. Attached to one side is a bend sensor, which responds to flexing of the tube. An air pressure sensor in the center measures the air pressure inside the tube. Blue velvet coverings and black tape on all the wires were added by one of the musicians to improve the visual and tactile aesthetics for the performers. The sensors control an external, wired MIDI synthesizer.”