The FrankenPipe: A novel bagpipe controller

Turner Kirk, Colby Leider

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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)
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Jun 6 2007Jun 10 2007


Other7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME '07
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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