The Serendiptichord is a musical instrument created by
Di Mainstone & Tim Murray-Browne
The result of a cross-disciplinary investigation spanning fashion, technology, music and dance, the Serendiptichord is a wearable musical instrument that invites the user (or movician) to explore a soundscape through touch and movement. This curious device is housed in a bespoke box and viewed as part of a performance. Unpacked and explored on and around the body, the Serendiptichord only reveals its full potential through the intrepid curiosity of its wearer. Adhering to the body like an extended limb, this instrument is best described as choreophonic prosthetic. Referencing the architectural silhouette of a musical instrument and the soft fabrication of fashion and upholstery, it is designed to entice the movician to explore its surface through touch, physical manipulation and expressive movement. Although this acoustic device can be mastered alone, it also holds subtle openings for group interaction.
The Serendiptichord has been shown at The V&A, The Barbican, The Swedish National Touring Theatre, Berkeley Art Museum and The Kinetica Art Fair 2010 and 2011.
Starring Miss Jenifer Essex
Written and Directed by Di Mainstone
Sound Design: Tim Murray-Browne
Additional Sound Design: Dave Meckin
Director of Photography: Sebastian Whyte
Editor: Judy Jacob
Instrument Design: Di Mainstone
Creative Assistant: Rachel Lamb
Interns: Judy Zhang, Stacey Grant & Vesselin Iordanov
With special thanks to: Nick Bryan-Kinns, Mark Plumbley & Mark Sandler
The Serendiptichord was commissioned by the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London for the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference 2009, produced by BigDog Interactive, supported by the Interactional Sound and Music Group and funded by the EPSRC (UK)