EMMI: Expressive Machines Musical Instruments

MADI

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MADI: Multi-mallet Automatic Drumming Instrument

Featuring 15 strikers of various types (hard plastic, rubber, felt, brushes) situated at various positions from the center to the rim of the drum, as well as a mechanism to switch the snares on and off, MADI is designed to maximize the timbral potential of a single snare drum. Using multiple solenoid-driven striking arms simplifies the design and minimizes constraints and latency. Individual arms are capable of rolling at audio rates (upwards of 60 Hz), and multiple arms can strike simultaneously. MADI was constructed August-September 2008.