Innovative Instruments

While different types of wood are most commonly used in the production of string instruments, they are expensive, endangered and unsustainable. With a mission in mind to achieve eco-friendliness, as well as to produce innovative and contemporary models, various designers are exploring alternative materials to create musical instruments with, without compromising the classical acoustic sound….

Superhumans: 3D Printed Prosthetic Power

The factor that distinguishes chimpanzees from humans is opposable thumbs. And what distinguishes humans from superhumans? Prosthetics – this time in the form of an opposable third thumb. Prosthetics are commonly used to replace missing limbs, in order to improve mobility for those who most require it. With the cheaper and more efficient option of…

Hydrah, In Conversation

Brought together by the Sonar+D conference in Barcelona, I was introduced to the beautiful music by LA based artist Hydrah. The classically trained pianist and vocalist has made a shift from classical, to punk rock, to electronic, and has now found her own individual sound, personal to her worldly values. I caught up with her…

Defying Gravity

With the ability to fly comes the potential for many great things, and innovators all over the world are developing drones to discover that potential. Let’s begin by talking about selfies, the technology of which has evolved over the years. Before the age of forward-facing cameras, we saw those awkwardly angled shots that people would…

Step Out of This World

Virtual reality is one of the newest obsessions of creatives. As an artist and musician who has also studied 3D computer animation, I am very interested in the new multi-sensual possibilities that virtual reality creates.  It was interesting to attend a talk by Jessica Brillhart, the principal VR filmmaker for Google, as she gave food…

Sphere of Light

With digital technology designed by Japanese company Rhizomatiks, Phosphere – their latest spell-binding performance – captivated audiences at its world premiere in Barcelona. Rhizomatiks are engineers  who focus on three divisions in their work : research, architecture and design. This June, the company went to Sónar+D Music, Creativity and Technology conference in Barcelona, where they…

Opposing Sides

Coincidentally concurrent with the general election, Grayson Perry’s summer exhibition The Most Popular Exhibition Ever! opened at the Serpentine Gallery in London yesterday. Centered around the ongoing political debate in Britain in the wake of Brexit, Perry puts forward his honest, earnest and artistic expression not just of his own thoughts and reactions, but also that…

Berlin Art Bang

With Berlin Gallery Weekend upon us, many people are getting in the artistic spirit. One art project that will particularly be attracting the masses is Berlin Art Bang at The Haus. This collective experience is not only temporary, but the entire abandoned building will be demolished along with the artwork at the end of May: “it…

Human vs Machine

Held at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the topics of humans, machines and the arts were brought together at Configurations as part of the Salon für Ästhetische Experimente #2. Artist, scholar and research fellow Marco Donnarumma hosted an evening of lectures, investigatory discussions and an exciting insight to an autonomous robotic limb. Speakers Professor…

A Marriage of Persian and European Music

Attracting huge and varied audiences, the Berliner Philharmonie is host to weekly, unticketed lunchtime concerts. Today’s performance marked the commencement of the Female Voice of Iran festival in Berlin. The three-day festival celebrates female, Middle-Eastern musicians, recognising the difficulties they have faced in a culture that, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, forbids women to sing in…

The Magic of Virtual Design

Following from my previous article about the creation of music through human movement by use of the mi.mu gloves, I came across another mind-blowing innovation in technology. This fantastic tool again, allows the user much more freedom for their creativity and design. Innovation and Creativity The C-HR festival of innovation and creativity was brought to…

Embody the Music

Music is a powerful outlet, expressive and immersive, an emotional and passionate journey for both the performer and the listener. For many artists, they communicate personally and directly through their music, whether using organic instruments or electronic and digital handles to create the sound. In both cases, the musician uses a tool to help them create their music. But imagine the magic of…