THE ACRUX

A Born Digital Musical Instrument for Adventures in Music

The acrux was designed and built following the configuration of the Southern Cross constellation that is only visible in the night sky of the southern hemisphere. Its vibrating lamellae made of tempered steel reach three octaves in a chromatic scale.

DEEP BASS

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The hemispherical sound box represents the southern hemisphere. The acrux has been in constant development since it was created using digital technologies such as 3D modeling.

Hear the sound of the most recent version of the acrux.

GLASS SOUND

Each component of this instrument is associated to a particular aspect of that constellation. The transparency of the universe that allows us to look at the stars, motivated the use of glass for its soundboard.

DIGITAL DESIGN

As an instrument ‘born digital’, its physical entity carries a digital counterpart, which is a ‘virtual instrument’ and subsequently a ‘digital library’. 21st century technologies allow us to be free from design constraints and create a whole new generation of musical instruments.

WATCH A RECENT CONCERT FOR ACRUX.

ACRUXON

three acruxes and one galcrux  are connected at the center by a tablet running the Acrux Seasons app, a virtual acrux that changes the sound according to the four seasons. Whoever enters the installation participates with those already there  contributing to the music and playing together.

CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP

We’ve always wanted to create a digital version of this instrument. After meeting with creative education company ‘Pyka’, six primary schools in South Wales were involved in the most unlikely of creative partnerships. Over several months, the potential for the digital acrux instrument was discussed with the school children, Pyka’s team of developers and Victor Gama. The result of this work was Acrux Seasons, the app that allows you to play your way through the seasons as you watch them change around you.
 

GROUP PERFORMANCE

Informal group performances happen spontaneously at the INSTRMNTS exhibition, it’s a special moment when people seam to come together without even thinking about it. Just like a star with its planets around it visitors tend to fall into the orbit of these fascinating instruments.

GET IN TOUCH

If you’re interested in the acrux talk to us!

We are at Womex Porto this year, come visit us in stand A22 PangeiArt.

Or send us an email 

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Contact

Loods 6
KNSM-laan 155
Amsterdam 1019 LC
victorgama@pangeiart.org

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