The Reactable – Modern Instruments

The Reactable is an electronic instrument developed by Sergi Jordá, Marcos Alonso, Martin Kaltenbrunner, and Günter Geiger. Its design features a tangible tabletop user interface, developed by the Music Technology Group, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona,...

The Synthesizer (Part 2)

A synthesizer, in general, has the same two components as virtually any other instrument: a generator and a resonator. To provide an analogy, let’s consider the violin. On the violin, the strings and bow are the generators and the body of the instrument is the...

The Synthesizer (Part 1)

The synthesizer is a musical instrument that produces sound by using one or more electric generators such as valves or oscillators. It’s a device capable of producing sinusoidal, rectangular, or triangular sound signals at the output. A synthesizer relies solely...

The Friction Drum – Percussion Instruments

The friction drum is a type of musical instrument that can be found throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America in various forms. It first appeared in Europe in the 16th century and supported certain religious and ceremonial activities. Actually, its ancestral...

The Conga Drum – Percussion Instruments

The conga belongs to the percussion family. It’s a single-headed drum that originated in Africa. However, it was only when Latin music, namely mambo and salsa, became popular in the United States around the 1930s, when the conga drum started to receive a lot of...

The Bongo Drum – Percussion Instruments

The Bongo drum, better known as the bongos, is a type of Afro-Cuban percussion instrument made up of two small open-bottomed drums of different sizes. The larger drum of this pair is called “hembra”, female in Spanish, and the smaller drum...