Exertion Instruments

Audio Samples of Physically Engaged Electronic Instruments

A hand-powered generator drives the instrument's amplifier on a note-by-note basis, tightly linking its sound to the performer's instantaneous energy. This allows a mobility, spontaneity and response not normally achievable with computerized instruments.

Juliet playing Hey Jude

Noah playing a Bright Rhythm

Noah playing a Fall Afternoon Jam

Juliet playing a well-known Christmas Carol

These pages contain research into Physically Engaged or Electronic Exertion Instruments

Mingling the exotic sounds and capabilities of electronic and computer music with the spontaneity and expressibility of traditional acoustic instruments presents a number of challenges and research questions.