A series of largely metallic instruments were created in a collaboration between myself and designer-makers Neil Fawcett and Kiran Singh, as part of my practice-led PhD research project The Development of Dialogic Music (2001-2004) at the University of Central Lancashire (UK). In this project I sought to investigate, through a range of collaborative reflective practices, the many relationships at play within specific forms of ensemble-based improvisation. The instrument creation process played a key role in the research, employing both user-centered and heuristic design methods. The resulting behavior of the instruments themselves significantly contributed to the study. The instruments have since been reemployed in a broad range of contexts. Following my PhD studies, I continued to collaborate with Neil Fawcett on a number of other instruments, including the MiSS (Modular Sound Sculpture) and the BoSS (Bonsai Sound Sculpture).
Bonsai Sound Sculpture (BoSS)
Modular Sound Sculpture (MiSS)
Examples from the Dialogic Instrument Series – Tromba Marina, Disc One, Bowl Cello