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Unusual Instruments

Development and research in new musical technologies gave rise to the design of instruments that are astonishing in their form, possibilities and sounds. Today, these new musical accessories used as controllers, allow composers to consider other ways of composing music.


This strange instrument is made out of silicone in which are incorporated fibre optic sensors. The Ballagumi reacts to twisting, pressure and flexing movements made by the musician.

FM Gloves

These funny looking gloves allow music to be played with just the hands. They react according to the pressure of fingers, their curvature, their orientation in space and their distance from the body.

Spinal Column and Visor

Attach this strange Spinal Column on your back and put this Visor on your head and enter into the world of musical interaction. Each of your movements will provoke a sound reaction via sensors linked to the computer.


This horizontally striped stick is equipped with sensors at the ends that allow its orientation and movements to be tracked. Its surface is multi-touch and thus recognizes pressure exerted by the player’s hands. The musician plays the T-Stick by varying the position of the instrument in space, varying the speed of his gestures and by gripping it less or more strongly in different places on the its surface. You can see the T-Stick in action on the CIRMMT site.


This instrument consists of a rectangular piece of wood furnished with ultrasound detectors on its surface. Music is played by holding an ultrasound transmitter in each hand. The box detects the movements of the player’s hands as they pass over the instrument.


Is it a cello or a banjo? This funny looking cello has a round shape and a lightly flexible neck. It is played like an ordinary cello. Its bow is equipped with a rubber ball that takes into account the pressure applied, the speed of movement and its orientation. The fingers placed on the neck release sounds that depend on placement and the pressure applied. Each movement of the musician on the Celloboard affects the sounds.


This looks like a wind instrument that you don’t blow into. It is based on capturing the player’s movements. It records the movements of fingers, wrists, elbows and forearms as well as the torso and the entire body. It then measures the movements and transmits them to a computer that plays the artistic intentions of the musician.

  • Conception, recherche et rédaction: Emmanuelle Lizère et Réseaux des arts médiatiques
  • Développement web: DIM
  • Conception graphique: Écorce
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