The T-Stick was developed and built in the IDMIL by Joseph Malloch, in collaboration with composer D. Andrew Stewart and performers Fernando Rocha and Xenia Pestova. The physical input device can sense where and how much of its surface is touched by the performer, as well as tilting, shaking, squeezing and twisting gestures. Unlike most digital musical instruments, the T-Sticks exist as a family, with soprano, alto, tenor, and bass members.
The T-Stick is intended to be an “expert” musical interface: engaging to new users, allowing virtuosic playing, and “worth practicing” in that practice time results in increased skill. The T-Stick has been performed and demonstrated many times in Canada, Brazil, Italy, and the USA.
Stephen Sinclair: software developer
Depends on several open-source libraries, especially CHAI, ODE, LibLo.
Various companies make compatible hardware devices, such as Novint, SensAble, MPB Technologies, Force Dimension.
DIMPLE is a Dynamically Interactive Musically PhysicaL Environment
Stephen writes —
“DIMPLE is software for 3-DOF and 6-DOF force feedback controllers to be interfaced with OSC-compatible audio software. (PureData, Max/MSP, etc.) The force feedback controller acts as an input device, but also has motors which allow the software to “display” touchable objects that the user can push around. Effectively, movement of virtual rigid bodies modulates the sound.”