The Didgeridoo is one of the human race’s great triumphs in instrument design, simple but capable of producing profound sound – thanks, indigenous Australians. Kyle Evans sends us his project to extend the instrument with powerful digitally-augmented sound-making capabilities. The ingredients:

  • Bluetooth wireless data transmission, connecting to a wireless mic
  • Additional controls, including pots, push buttons, and toggles. (One limitation of the original relative to other blown instruments is its lack of any kind of keys or finger holes – an issue if you want to play with more than one note or modify the sound with something other than your mouth.)
  • Max/MSP-patched synthesis and signal processing, analyzing the input and making lots of wonderful sounds

As he describes it:

I created this instrument to experiment in the combination of the organic sound qualities of a didgeridoo with the advanced signal processing capabilities of modern computer programming and sound synthesis. This custom built didgeridoo features externally mounted modules that allow the performer to process and manipulate the sound of the instrument in real time. All control data is transmitted wirelessly via blue tooth and is controlling several audio processes created in a custom-built software environment. If you have any questions about the instrument please feel free to ask.

Truly inspiring work, Kyle!

See also: Perry Cook’s DigiDoo. I’m familiar with the instrument, but couldn’t find any good documentation online; if someone has any (or, if Perry is out there reading), send it our way. The more digital digeridoos, the merrier!

  • dyscode

    totally wacky! :D

    makes me want to take out my old dusty didgy again…

    and do something with it.

  • http://www.stickyricemusic.com woraseth

    The idea is inspirational. The performance is great too. Thank you.

    We are planning around the same route for traditional Thai instrument.

  • jffkm

    no mention of perry cook?

  • Tony Torres

    Amazing man Love the sounds that is produce with this.

  • http://www.wadio.com Laurent Jouvin

    Love that sound! It is so deep and powerful. I love to use it in my mixes when appropriate.

  • http://stanzaproductions.com Stan9FOS

    WOOD. (That's a didj player's compliment. I gotta get me one of these!)

  • rhowaldt

    is that thing freeware?

    :)

    great sounds.

  • emeidos

    fantastic stuff!! is this guy aussie?

  • teej

    want.

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  • http://bottomfeeder.ca/top Kassen

    @ jffkm

    I wondered about the same.

  • http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~prc Perry Cook

    Responding to notes in original article, My system was called the DigitalDoo. You can see some of it HERE

    I played a number of times over the many years, and it was featured in an "Instruments as Art" show in Oakland, CA recently. You can see

    a quick docu of that show HERE

    Cheers!

  • http://www.suecae.com Suecae

    F*kn Wonderful.

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  • http://icecreammaker.blogspot.com/ didgeJohn

    heyhey, what a great device, I have my didges on the shelves, but this thing sound amazing, I was even making some of them my self, but for this, you have to be a genius!!!

    Cheers