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Expanding the limits of musical instruments

Our latest report is here, the 5th in Design Partners’ future-research series. For this study, we’re exploring the limits in musical instrument design, studying why people continue to develop new tools and devices for music creation.

As a creative team, responsible for designing future products and services, we are always inspired by other creative endeavours. Music is one of the most beloved experiences on our planet, yet its creation can be mystifying. The sound from a musical instrument can evoke a wide ambitus of emotional responses, connecting with us on a soulful level. Given that there are numerous musical devices in existence, why do humans continue to seek new forms of music creation? What drives continual experimenting in this space? How can we democratise musical instrument design?

Download the full Pursuit of Sound report below. If you’re interested in learning more, join us on January 20th at 4 p.m. GMT where we unpack the study in our webinar on the Pursuit of Sound.



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    The study was created by the Design Partners team, led by Yana Zalesskaya, Anusia Grennell and Cormac Ó Conaire of Design Partners, included interviewing several experts and creators around the world to gain an understanding of the needs and motivations behind creating new devices: Yuri Suzuki, sound artist, designer and electronic musician. Vahakn Matossian, lead designer & co-founder of Human Instruments. Tim Palm, award-winning musician and instrument designer. Úlfur Hansson, composer, producer and instrument creator. John Kelly, musician, activist and inventor of the Kellycaster.

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