ETabla

Year: 

2001

Designers: 

Ajay Kapur
The purpose of an ETabla is to allow a traditionally trained Tabla performer easy access into electronic music. Detailed data about a performance can be processed in real-time and used to control software parameters and robotic instruments.
The purpose of an ETabla is to allow a traditionally trained Tabla performer easy access into electronic music. Detailed data about a performance can be processed in real-time and used to control software parameters and robotic instruments. The first design was build a custom drum heads, with force sensors placed in locations governed by traditional technique. This data was converted to MIDI protocol and used to control synthesis parameters and visual abstractions. Another method has been to keep the integrity of the Tabla and simply design custom pickups for the inside of the instrument, to amplify the signal in such a a way to reduced feedback. This allows the modern Tabla performer to easily plug into their laptop and use other interfaces (such as the KiOm), to manipulate audio effect parameters in real-time.