Instruments Use Human Movement to Make Music
Ever hear someone say, “I don’t have a musical bone in my body”? Well as it turns out, everyone may have that musical bone.
Designer Pietr-Jan Pietr believes that anyone can make music simply by moving their finger or tapping their foot. He developed five simple instruments that make music using natural human movements, calling the set Sound on Intuition.
The idea came out of Pietr’s graduate thesis at the Design Academy Eindhoven. It is based on the notion that whenever someone learns an instrument, they must teach their body certain movements in order to be able to play.
A flautist must master his fingers, a drummer his coordination, but a player of Pietr’s instruments? They simply have to move as they normally would. The result is “instruments where you skip the learning process and just play,” says Pietr.
There’s the Wob which, like a theremin, does not require any physical touch but rather uses a sensor so that when you wave you hand above it, a sound mimicking that wave is emitted.
The Fngr attaches to your index finger, creating a sound with every tap. And should you bend your finger, the tone will change with the movement. The Scan uses your handwriting, translating dots and lines you write on a page into electronic beeps.