Performing the Machine — The Harp

The Harp, musical interface. 2018.

What songs can a 3D printer sing?

The Harp is a prototype physical interface to control a 3D printer to create (noise) music. Printers sing their own songs when printing objects, and the Harp conducts these sounds to sing new songs.

Six “strings” are stroked to trigger gestures from the printer, and the strength of the stroke affects the expression of the gesture by controlling its pitch. The gestures come from the code to print the strings, so the machine is in effect performing parts of its own construction.

Created for the Fab Academy 2018 at Fab Lab Amsterdam. The build and design process is documented here.

Created with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.