The FrankenPipe

A novel bagpipe controller

Turner Kirk, Colby Leider

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

The FrankenPipe project is an attempt to convert a traditional Highland Bagpipe into a controller capable of driving both real-time synthesis on a laptop as well as a radio-controlled (RC) car. Doing so engages musical creativity while enabling novel, often humorous, performance art. The chanter is outfitted with photoresistors (CdS photoconductive cells) underneath each hole, allowing a full range of MIDI values to be produced with each finger and giving the player a natural feel. An air-pressure sensor is also deployed in the bag to provide another element of control while capturing a fundamental element of bagpipe performance. The final product navigates the realm of both musical instrument and toy, allowing the performer to create a novel yet rich performance experience for the audience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07
Pages301-304
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Event7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Jun 6 2007Jun 10 2007

Other

Other7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period6/6/076/10/07

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Photoresistors
Musical instruments
Pressure sensors
Railroad cars
Controllers
Air

Keywords

  • Alternate controller
  • Bagpipe
  • Chanter
  • FrankenPipe
  • MIDI
  • Photoresistor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Cite this

Kirk, T., & Leider, C. (2007). The FrankenPipe: A novel bagpipe controller. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07 (pp. 301-304) https://doi.org/10.1145/1279740.1279805

The FrankenPipe : A novel bagpipe controller. / Kirk, Turner; Leider, Colby.

Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07. 2007. p. 301-304.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Kirk, T & Leider, C 2007, The FrankenPipe: A novel bagpipe controller. in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07. pp. 301-304, 7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07, New York, NY, United States, 6/6/07. https://doi.org/10.1145/1279740.1279805
Kirk T, Leider C. The FrankenPipe: A novel bagpipe controller. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07. 2007. p. 301-304 https://doi.org/10.1145/1279740.1279805
Kirk, Turner ; Leider, Colby. / The FrankenPipe : A novel bagpipe controller. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07. 2007. pp. 301-304
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