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About


Mark

Making music that embodies its materiality with Stamped Synth


ORGANIZATION   RISD
CHALLENGE
Create a manufacturable design for a conceptual electronic instrument.

DELIVERABLE
An open-circuit synthesizer you can play with bare hands, on-the-go, with zero learning gap.


Investigating the materiality of music


PROCESS  PROBLEM DEFINITION

I love music performance and storytelling.
Here’s my Marine Band harmonica and me.



I cherish the ability to explore in music– and electronics promise a frontier. 
Companies like Teenage Engineering, Arduino, and Little Bits attest to this growing market.



Yet, electronic instruments aren’t as portable or easy to learn as a harmonica.
Below, a protoype for a gesture-powered musical device made in collboration withg Cyril Laurier (from Hand Coded) and Ma Tan. 



I joined forces with music technologists to further explore this product and continue performing.
Winning the MTF hackathon award in Slovenia, 2015.



Here’s a BBC clip from my work with Music Tech Fest in Boston.


Performing with materials and music


PROCESS  CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

Concept development was focused on portability, ease of use, and true materiality of electronics.  


1. Metal textural synth
New aesthetics in an otherwise clean market, market demand for portable synths. Manufacturability and connection to electronic materiality.



2. Non-metal synth
Experimental materials, could transform a base instrument with a a variety of cases/ add-ons. 



I tried to generate music from as little electronic hardware as possible, in hopes of finding ‘true electronic sounds’.
Touching electronic leads, testing a cracklebox synth, and experimenting with textured copper and electronic sound.



I continued to experiment with sonifying textured copper.



I experimented with hand scale and portability through simple, paper mockups.



I combined circuit testing and material experimentation into one product.


Manufacturing locally


PROCESS  DESIGN FOR PRODUCTION

With the generous help of Eagle Tool, Inc. in Providence,  I used an industrial hydraulic press to make refined prototypes.