Jaron Lanier: "Musical instruments have the best interface"
The hurdy-gurdy: bleeding-edge technology from the renaissance
Elliot playing a weird accordion/cello found at the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments at U. Mich.
The Onde Martenot
With acoustic instruments, form and function are deeply bounded: systems used for sound production limit and influence the interface of the instrument
Tiffany Ng playing the Charles Baird Carillon at U. Mich.
Organs: towards separating the interface from the sound production mechanisms
"From a human computer interaction standpoint, DMIs are instruments that include a separate gestural interface (or gestural controller unit) from a sound generation unit."
(Marc Battier, 1981)
Analog synths and Voltage Control (VC): here Moog System 35
Moog 1130: VC drum
Max Mathews playing his radio-baton in his lab at CCRMA
Yamaha GS1 (1975): First "commercial" digital synth
Yamaha DX7 (1983): First "general public" digital synthesizer
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) -- 1983
Akai's Ewi: Wind instrument controller
Roland MIDI Drumkit
Korg Wavedrum: Combining Acoustical and Digital Elements
The radio-baton (or radio-drum)
Ken Butler and his golf club at the 2016 Guthman musical instrument competition
John Granzow's Javalele
Davide Wessel and his SLABS
Dan Trueman and his bossa
Charles Nichols' vBow
HyVibe/IRCAM's augmented acoustic guitar
Rebecca Fiebrink's work around machine learning for musical interfaces
Wintergatan's Marble Machine
Koka Nikoladze's Beat Machine
More ambitious project: fire organ