The God Article
London Design Festival
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The Turkish Ney is steeped in cultural significance. A traditional wind instrument, it was first played around 4500 years ago but its breath control is difficult and few around the world can teach it. Ethnomusicologist John O’Connell, Sonic Art Scholar Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos and User Experience Designer Anthony Mace developed for the first time digitally fabricated Ney replicas with electronic sensors and a performance visualisation application to enable learning online. With potential for breath sensing and notation in entertainment and ethnomusicology, this unusual project fuses one of the world’s oldest instruments with cutting-edge technology to break new musical ground. User-tests have confirmed have already produced very positive results. The Ney has already been exhibited in various locations in UK and in France and it was firstly exhibited during the London Design Festival 2014 at Christie’s Gallery .
Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos, Ant Mace, John O’Connell, “The God Article” (Objects Sandbox Showcase), 2014, Christie’s Gallery, London Design Festival, London, UK
UK. Exhibition information available at < http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/objects-sandbox-new-internet-connected-products-react> A video documentary can be found on < http://old.react-hub.org.uk/objects-sandbox/news/objects-sandbox-films/>. Documentation of the research can be found on <http://old.react-hub.org.uk/objects-sandbox/projects/2014/the-god-article/> and on <http://fabinstrument.com/>
The God Article was part of the Objects Sandbox project funded by Research And Enterprises in Arts and Creative Technologies - Arts and Humanities Research Council (http://old.react-hub.org.uk/objects-sandbox)
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