Tomas Henriques: concept, design, software development
Vitorino Henriques: hardware design
The META-EWI and the META-EVI are two musical instruments created from an extensive augmentation of respectively the AKAI EWI3020 wind controller and the Steiner MIDI EVI. Both instruments were expanded with a new set of electronics based on sensor technologies. The main goal of these two projects/instruments consists in achieving performance tools that exhibit truly innovative levels of musical expression that push the level and the meaning of musicianship associated with the player of a monophonic wind instrument to a new plateau of musical complexity.
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.”