Extended Sitar and Dilruba
Based on a Dilruba and an "Ovation" electric sitar developed by Ajay Sharma of Rikhi Ram Musical Instrumnets in New Delhi, I've added a simple sensor interface based on the "teabox" interface by electrotap. The instruments are played through an interactive MAX/MSP performance patch which analyzes the pitch and quality of the notes and maps the sound into musical processes based in abstracted concepts of raga. The instruments are played in traditional to highly abstracted musical contexts as you can hear and see below.
eSitar at colourscape
Mishra Bhairavi eDilruba practice 6/1/08
Aparna Panshikar singing through the performance system at the India International Centre, Delhi 2/10/07 as part of the Carnival of eCreativity
The following videos were shot in my home studio 1/07 as documentation of the developing sitar interface.