Title

The Musical Kinetic Shape: a Variable Tension String Instrument

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

kinetic shape, musical instrument, string vibration, variable tension

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2014.04.010

Abstract

In this article we present a novel variable tension string instrument which relies on a kinetic shape to actively alter the tension of a fixed length taut string. We derived a mathematical model that relates the two-dimensional kinetic shape equation to the string's physical and dynamic parameters. With this model we designed and constructed an automated instrument that is able to play frequencies within predicted and recognizable frequencies. This prototype instrument is also able to play programmed melodies.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Applied Acoustics, v. 85, p. 143-149

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