“Music Instrument” [the Tun-tun]: Prototype / Assignment 2

A singing head!



Image of tun tun taken from here

Does it not remind you of a tun-tun (pig-stick used by the Iban people in Borneo/Malaysia to lure pigs into traps)?

Much physical resemblance between the sketch draft and the actual object; yet inspiration was not drawn from the tun tun. Sole commonality remains their names.

My project, aptly named “Tuntun”, features a sphere-shaped human-like head, where controls are placed around the head, eg. mouth, top of head, ears, to mimic a human making sound with his own facial features.

Below shall show a sketch of the areas with sensors:

Sketch sensors

At current, the ‘head’ is not placed in the order order and position. Further improvements in the patch are left to be desired.

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The patch is currently incomplete, but here is a quick insight into some parts of it:

I used Gizmo~, Buffer~, Groove~ in replacement of playlist. Certain tweaks are required – for instance, the song abruptly stops playing when the trigger switches the toggle off. I am trying to include a timer, or delay, to allow for the entire soundtrack to play before it switches off.

Interdisciplinarity / First interpretation

(how you view, incorporate, what you interested in)

Inter-disciplines. It involves the incorporation, whether wholly or singularly, different mediums into a single piece of artwork. Based on my personal understanding, in Interactive Media, this encompasses possibly video, sound or robotics, just to name a few. As an interdisciplinary student in training, I am interested in the ‘wholeness’ of the experience, that it envelopes you by harnessing your 5 senses. I like how we are not restricted to a single medium, and by borrowing bits and snippets of different mediums, we are able to bring the best across to the audience. I am interested in mostly interactive installations, for the reason aforementioned earlier. Interactive installations provide a strong statement point, and perhaps, by incorporating little bits from other mediums, are able to make audiences better relate to the work.

One of the most beautiful installations I have chanced upon in my research earlier was Yayao Kusama’s Infinity Mirror room. It’s aesthetically pleasing, and a fresh take from Kusama’s huge, somewhat overwhelming (personal interpretation on it), polka dots.