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Card I

Taylan Cihan, circuit design
Andrew Lucia, body design

Andrew Lucia Taylan Cihan CardI

Andrew Lucia Taylan Cihan CardI

Andrew Lucia Taylan Cihan CardI

Andrew Lucia Taylan Cihan CardI

Card I is an analog synthesizer* conceived with the objective of an electronic instrument that is as responsive to an improviser's momentary decisions as an acoustic instrument would be.

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Tactility
The conductive bracelet and aluminum plates carved into the body of the instrument allow the user to control the flow of electricity through bodily contact, making the human body itself a part of the circuit in order to provide a highly responsive, tactile and individual control over the sound.

Virtuality and Ambience
The instrument is equipped with photocells that respond to environmental light, allowing the performer to use hand gestures to alter the sound. In addition, magnetic switches located under the body, which create a second "hidden" pattern, enable various parts of the circuit to be controlled rapidly with magnetic fields applied to the body of the instrument.

Visual Design
Card I is specifically designed using concepts of near bilateral symmetry. The contact plates' figuration allows each individual performer a level of interpretation reflective of the particular underlying forms that they may “see” within the instrument's surface. These patterns allow the performer a familiar yet ambiguous, tactile and virtual interaction with the instrument, enabling a unique connection between eye and ear.

Specifications
Input: 1/8" Stereo
Output: 1/8" Stereo
Power Supply: AC 12V 500mA
Dimensions: 17"x 11" x 1"
Weight: 3.0 lbs (approx.)
Body Material: Padauk

see a video of Card I here.

Funded and supported by Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center; Kevin Ernste, Director

Very special thanks to:
Kevin Ernste
Incodema
Frank Parish, Cornell AAP Material Practices Facilities

 

Image Description above

a.) Card I, prototype

b.) Card I, prototype design; circuit connection working image

c.) Card I, near bilateral symmetry pattern study

d.) Card I, prototype rendering

e.) Card I, prototype

f.) Card I, prototype; with magnets

g.) Card I, prototype; human circuit connection

h.) Card I, prototype; tactile control

i.) Card I, prototype; magnetic force application

j.) Card I, prototype; magnetic force application and tactile control