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Thursday, July 3 • 11:30 - 12:56
Forming Shapes to Bodies: Design for Manufacturing in the Prosthetic Instruments

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Forming Shapes to Bodies: Design for Manufacturing in the Prosthetic Instruments
Ian Hattwick, Joseph Malloch, Marcelo Wanderley
McGill University

Long Paper

Moving new DMIs from the research lab to professional artistic contexts places new demands on both their design and manufacturing. Through a discussion of the Prosthetic Instruments, a family of digital musical instruments we de- signed for use in an interactive dance performance, we dis- cuss four different approaches to manufacturing – artisanal, building block, rapid prototyping, and industrial. We dis- cuss our use of these different approaches as we strove to reconcile the many conflicting constraints placed upon the instruments’ design due to their use as hypothetical prosthetic extensions to dancers’ bodies, as aesthetic objects, and as instruments used in a professional touring context. Experiences and lessons learned during the design and manufacturing process are discussed in relation both to these manufacturing approaches as well as to Bill Buxton’s concept of artist-spec design.


Ian Hattwick

Ian Hattwick (Instrument Design) is a composer, performer, and digital musical instrument designer. His current research focuses on collaborative approaches to music performance using gestural interfaces. In 2013 he co-created the Prosthetic Instruments, family of gestural controllers... Read More →

Joseph Malloch

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Université Paris-Sud XI
Joseph Malloch holds a PhD from McGill University, Canada, on the design of new electronic interfaces for live music performance. His new instruments – including the T-Stick and the prosthetic "Spine" – have been performed and demonstrated across Europe, North and South America... Read More →

Marcelo Wanderley

Professor, McGill University

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30 - 12:56 BST
New Academic Building: LG02

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