Serendipitichord

A sonic prosthetic enabling the exploration of sound through movement

By Di Mainstone, Tim Murray Browne and Dave Meckin

Di Mainstone and Tim Murray Browne were commissioned to create Serendiptichord for 2009 Creativity & Cognition, Berkeley Art Museum, California. .The piece was funded by Queen Mary University of London. The result of a cross-disciplinary investigation spanning fashion, technology, music and dance, the Serendiptichord is a wearable musical instrument that entices the user to explore a soundscape through touch and movement.

 

This curious device is housed in a bespoke box and viewed as part of a performance. Unpacked and explored on and around the body, the Serendiptichord only reveals its full potential through the intrepid curiosity of its wearer. Adhering to the body like an extended limb, this device is best described as choreophonic prosthetic. Referencing the architectural silhouette of a musical instrument and the soft fabrication of fashion and upholstery, it is designed to entice the wearer to explore its surface through touch, physical manipulation and expressive movement. Although this acoustic device can be mastered alone, it also holds subtle openings for group interaction.

Performances

  • Oct 2009 Creativity & Cognition, Berkeley Art Museum, California
  • Feb 2010 Kinetica Art Fair, London
  • Feb 2010 Swap Meet, The Barbican, London
  • Feb 2010 The Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 2010 INSPACE Gallery, Edinburgh
  • Oct 2010 The Sweden National Touring Theatre
  • Sep 2010 Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Feb 2011 Kinetica Art Fair, London

Press

  • New Scientist Culturelab, Looking for Art Among the Gadgets (February 17th 2010)
  • New Scientist Culturelab, Art meets science: Catch up with the state of the art, 5 May 2010
  • The Creators Project, User Preferences: Tech Q&A With Di Mainstone, 25 May 2011
  • The Serendiptichord has also been featured on MAKE, Fashioning Technology, Synthtopia, PSFK, Design Indaba.