The focus of my industry placement with Bela / Touchkeys was the development of a new musical instrument using the Touchkey sensors. Along the way the sensors were assessed against various common benchmarks of performance in digital musical instrument design, and have since grown into the Bela Trill range.
A surprising research outcome was the strength of material based affordances in peoples expectation of and reflection on new musical instrument prototypes. The project saw the development of Instrument X and an idea was born. More...