Gutter Synth

Physical interface
March 2020
Installed / Performed
Maker Music Festival
May 15, 2021

The Gutter Synth controls eight digitally implemented Duffing oscillators, which mimic damped and driven physical circuits. The 'strings' control six oscillators' individual parameters and the knobs and switches serve as a master control. The instrument is unpredictable, swinging between physical, chaotic sounds and organ-like drones, bleeps, and bloops.This was a project from pre-COVID 2020 for the class "Physical Interaction Design". It has two parts – a more traditional interface of potentiometers and faders, and an experimental interface of wire "strings" connected to miniature joysticks. Each of the strings controls individual oscillators, while the main interface controls the macro parameters.

The video is short and was made when I had just finished the instrument. It can make a wide range of sounds beyond those shown.

The project is essentially a physical interface for an existing digital synth created by Tom Mudd. More info, and his music, can be found below:

(recognized in the Maker Music Festival, May 2021)