The Hack n’ Roll course at the Royal College of Art is a collaboration between the musical instrument producer KORG, innovative band, OK GO and the students and tutors from the Platform 21 unit in the Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art in London.
Music traditionally links an action and an object, the entertainment primarily being a musician playing an instrument on stage. Since the development of synthesizers, music performance can be reduced to simply pushing a button or two, which is sometimes less entertaining to watch. Meanwhile, live performance has become an increasingly important part of a musician’s career, as incomes have shifted from being largely based on album sales to being mainly based on live show revenues. Often musicians seek to create impressive and complex stage shows, which are more like music videos in nature, with sounds and effects being generated from a number of analogue and digital sources.
Use your newly acquired skills in physical computing, along with your knowledge as a designer, to create a series of objects which generate sound, while creating something visually appealing and entertaining. Your newly created tools should help the musician surprise, amuse and excite the audience, elevating their experience. You should think of a way to make performing on stage with electronic instruments something which is really worth seeing.