Macro-Instrument Musical Interface & Confrontation System

MiMICS is a system I designed that augments acoustic instruments with a wireless sensor system. The system allows the performer to control real-time processing of the acoustic sound via three-dimensional motion. Sensors attached to the body of the instrument allow direct access to processing parameters during performance. I originally designed MiMICS for use with my alto clarinet; the system enables me to modify, capture, and mutate the alto clarinet sounds while playing. It also acts as a controller that allows me to process the sound of other players during a performance.

MiMICS comprises a custom-made microcontroller interface, and a network of sensors attached to various parts of the instrument. The system uses a wireless ZigBee interface.












Click image to see a video of MiMICS in action.