Fabrication / physical computing / sound engineer / lighting design / Performance: Yifan Liu
Cocoon is an experimental musical instrument designed for and shown at the NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) concert 2018.
It is an instrument that traps something alive inside.
The concept of this project is to use this instrument as a metaphor of some kind of restriction. As the performer, I had to be inside of the “cocoon“ to play it. The playing of the instrument is the process of breaking through it, which looks painful. The “cocoon” is like a cage trapping a beast inside of it. The fight starts once the beast is awake.
The main interface of the instrument is the stretchy fabric, which can be pulled and pushed to control the outputs ( the sound and light).
The making process of this project took about a month in total, including fabrication (wood + metal structure, stretchy fabric, physical mechanism), physical computing (sensor prototyping, wiring, soldering, Arduino-side programming), sound engineering (composing, Max MSP programming) and lighting design (Arduino data processing), etc.
Arduino Nano, USB Hub, Sliding Potentiometers and Springs, Accelerometers, 12v Light and Power Supply, Tripod, Stretchy Fabric, Wooden Frames and Poles, Hardwares.