Lydia

Year: 

2013

Designers: 

Eric Heep, Jason Jahnke, Daniel Reyes, Ajay Kapur
Lydia is a modified mechatronic instrument built on an upright piano utilizing the strings in new contemporary technique.
Lydia is a project mentored by Trimpin to modify an existing piano into a system for new composition. There are a series of spinning bow wheel motors that activate individual strings. There is also a set of push solenoids that activate sets of strings. There is also a saw installed at the bottom of Lydia that makes scraping sounds.