A New Musical Instrument from Gallium Phosphate Crystals
The Irvine Mark 7 is a new musical instrument by Andy Cavatorta, commissioned by the AVL Cultural Foundation. It debuted in Graz, Austria, at a performance in October 2017.
At the core of the instrument are six gallium phosphate crytsals — quartz-like structures which do not occur in nature. When playing the instrument, the crystals are made resonate at different frequencies in the ultrasonic range, and their interference patterns create audible tones.
I was brought on to develop both analog and digital circuitry for the Irvine, Cavatorta's first electronic musical instrument. As part of this effort, I designed and fabricated the electronic circuits that produce sound from the vibrations of gallium phosphate crystals. I also developed interfaces for many of the sensors embedded in the instrument.
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- Creative Technologist, Product Designer
- Andy Cavatorta Studio
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- Art, Interactive Installations, Products - Physical, Sound Designs
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