Instrument Making


Self made instrument (Rustar) after performance (Edinburgh)

Resonance is something that completely fascinates me and as a result I decided to create an instrument that embodies this sonic phenomena in the form of unique and expressive utterances. The initial step in the creation of the Rustar was to release it’s “Klang” (inherent noise).


I deliberately chose a material rich in noise and resonance (mild steel) in order to have an interesting Klang as a base. The second step was to carve out an interesting “Sprache” (Language) from the initial noise. To achieve this, my main practice consisted of carving bones to serve as bridges for the strings on the Rustar. The idea was to have a “Jiwari” bridge which is a common process in Indian Instruments such as the Sitar, Tanpura etc. This consists of creating a slight arch on the bone which adds friction and consequently releases several harmonic layers to a single note.

The final result consisted of a sonic triangle with two high pitch sides and a low base. All sides can consequently  be stroked or bowed.

RustarPerformance preparation with self made instrument (Rustar)

Here is my final composition entitled “Betelgeuse” which is entirely made with the Rustar. My hope was to create an articulate noise piece that includes the key moments of the Rustar’s creation. In it you may hear the it’s very first Klang along with other obscure sonic deliveries.


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