Actually this project is a prototype for a bigger project. Assignment for living art class was, making a finite state machine. This was a greate chance for me to start working on my prototype for a bendir interface.
What is Bendir?
Bendir is a very old drum, that usually used in Turkish musics . It is a big circle and mostly you play it with your hands or fingers, not with sticks.
wikipedia link for bendir, a video for bendir(guy talks in Turkish and teaches how to make it, but he also plays the instrument. You should watch it)
This was a very common instrument, but now a days people are forgetting those kind of analog instruments, cause using digital sounds makes producing music easier.
Once, I was talking to my father about my idea, and he asked me, how do I know this instrument? He saw it, first time, two years ago. I told him that, I was playing bendir in my band years ago. This was a big surprise for him.
My idea is, I really like sound of this instrument, it is meditating, by itself or with other instruments. I don’t want it to get lost in our digital culture.
So, I started to build an analog interface for bendir, which is controled by a software. I used solenoids and arduino for my physical interface. Basicly my starting point was, using a switch and something like a drum kick to play a bendir. So, I build my circuit and a wood kick with a solenoid.
As I said before, this is a prototype for the real project. Real one will be controlled by a software and kick are going to be different. I have to try it with different materials to get closer to sound made by finger.