Theseus: A New Platform for Modular Electronic Instruments
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Theseus: A New Platform for Modular Electronic Instruments

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Collection: Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses ➔ Series: 2015 (PC020402.11)

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Designer's statement: Theseus is a platform for designing modular electronics instruments for musical and visual composition. Building on the Eurorack analog synthesizer standard, the platform uses ⅛†patch cables to interconnect modules. However, unlike the Eurorack standard, Theseus is entirely digital and produces MIDI/OSC control messages rather than audio signals. This simplification in fidelity greatly reduces the cost of materials and complexity of electronic circuits, making patch cable compositional systems more accessible artists and musicians. A collection of 14 modules was designed to demonstrate the potential of such a platform. These modules highlight what designs become possible when material expenses drop and prototyping time is shortened.

Creator Keywords:
modular; synthesizer; instrument design; musical instrument; electronic music; physical computing; patch cable
May 12 2015
Related people
John Sharp (thesis advisor)
Barbara Morris (thesis advisor)
Brendan Byrne (designer)
Parsons the New School for Design. Design & Technology Dept. (sponsoring body)
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