The Hummellaphone: An Electromagnetically Actuated Instrument and Open-Source Toolkit

Adam G Schmidt, and Michael Gurevich

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

  • Year: 2023
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Track: Work in Progress
  • Pages: 594–599
  • Article Number: 86
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Abstract:

This paper presents the Hummellaphone, a highly-reconfigurable, open-source, electromagnetically actuated instrument being developed for research in engineering learning, haptics, and human-computer interaction (HCI). The reconfigurable performance interface promotes experimentation with gestural control and mapping. Haptic feedback reintroduces the tangible bilateral communication between performer and instrument that is present in many acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments but missing in most digital musical instruments. The overall aim of the project is to create an open-source, accessible toolkit for facilitating the development of and research with electromagnetically actuated musical instruments. This paper describes the hardware and design of the musical instrument and control interface as well as example research applications.

Citation:

Adam G Schmidt, and Michael Gurevich. 2023. The Hummellaphone: An Electromagnetically Actuated Instrument and Open-Source Toolkit. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. DOI:

BibTeX Entry:

  @article{nime2023_86,
 abstract = {This paper presents the Hummellaphone, a highly-reconfigurable, open-source, electromagnetically actuated instrument being developed for research in engineering learning, haptics, and human-computer interaction (HCI). The reconfigurable performance interface promotes experimentation with gestural control and mapping. Haptic feedback reintroduces the tangible bilateral communication between performer and instrument that is present in many acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments but missing in most digital musical instruments. The overall aim of the project is to create an open-source, accessible toolkit for facilitating the development of and research with electromagnetically actuated musical instruments. This paper describes the hardware and design of the musical instrument and control interface as well as example research applications.},
 address = {Mexico City, Mexico},
 articleno = {86},
 author = {Adam G Schmidt and Michael Gurevich},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression},
 editor = {Miguel Ortiz and Adnan Marquez-Borbon},
 issn = {2220-4806},
 month = {May},
 numpages = {6},
 pages = {594--599},
 title = {The Hummellaphone: An Electromagnetically Actuated Instrument and Open-Source Toolkit},
 track = {Work in Progress},
 url = {http://nime.org/proceedings/2023/nime2023_86.pdf},
 year = {2023}
}