Needed to make some knobs for controlling parts of the harp.
At first we thought we needed three knobs in total. One for scale, one for transposing and one for performance.
The two Crystal Gems are for the scale and transposing as they don't need to be used during a performance. I decided to make the performance knob quite large and so that it would fit in my hand and be easy to see and use during a performance.
The test knobs turned out quiet well!
We have decided to add an extra flat knob so that we can also control the reaction to ambient light.
Now just need to decide which colour to print the knobs!
Building the casing for my laser harp!
I wanted the heart to be big as I want it to look good on stage. I made the proportions to fit my body so it's about 80cm wide so I can easily trigger the lasers. The width of the heart border also needed to be able to fit an arduino, the lasers and the other electronics.
Cutting out the heart in two parts as the wood we had wasn't big enough to cut the whole heart in one piece. Thought about reducing the height of the heart but talked with Nicholas and he said keep it big! Need to think about how to join it. This heart was tweaked a wee bit from the cardboard heart.
The trial cut in wood. Happy with the shape so now figure out where to put the knobs!
I make music under the name Instant Fantasy and as part of my live show I would like to create a lazer harp in the FabLab. I use projections and vocals for my performance, and have explored other types of elements for the show (Wavelength app) but I would like to add another performative element to my live show that is both audio and visual.
The lazer harp would initially be used to control a keyboard through a midi controller, but could also be used to trigger visual elements of the performance.
Collaborators: Gemma Syme; Nicolas Woollaston; Simon Kong.