TIPAW is short for Tiger’s paw and was inspired by the story of a Bengali tiger that had escaped from a Zoo and taken refuge inside a museum.
A TIGER WALKING
Why do tigers walk so silently?
these big majestic cats walk through the wondrous forest unnoticed. Like all cats, their paws are cushions so they can walk on broken branches, dried leafs or water ponds without making their presence felt. The body of tipaw represents the forest and the ten Indian singing bowls, turned upside down are the cushions that produce a soothing vibration.
Tipaw is played with the bare hands or with mallets by hitting the Indian bowls on their sides. As a multiplayer instrument its design allows people to move around freely choosing which bowls to set ringing. Its sounds combined create a long sustained cascade of harmonics and beating patterns.
Tipaw is a favorite among visitors of the INSTRMNTS exhibition. We invite people to play in groups of four and explore while trying to interact with each other and come up with something they feel happy about.
HOW WAS IT BUILT?
We designed it with a CAD software, many component files and their respective G-Code were generated, CNC technology was involved and the instrument was assembled by hand.
THE MUSEUM PROJECT
Commissioned by the National Museums of Scotland tipaw was one of four contemporary musical instruments that were designed in accordance with their ability to be played by the public in the new Performance and Lives gallery at the museum.
we strongly believe that musical instruments are important mediators of dialogue and can continue their mission to inspire beyond the constraints of a fixed design paradigm. A continuum between acoustic ‘traditional’ instruments and a new generation of contemporary musical instruments of variable design is made more feasible with 21st century digital technologies
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