The t-sticks grew out of a collaborative project by Joseph Malloch and composer D. Andrew Stewart, at McGill University. The first prototype was completed in 2006. The t-sticks form a family of tubular digital musical instruments, ranging in length from 0.6 metres (soprano) to 1.2 metres (tenor). They have been designed and constructed to allow a large variety of unique interaction techniques. As a result, a significant emphasis is placed on the gestural vocabulary required to manipulate and manoeuvre the instrument. The musical experience for both the performer and audience is characterised by a unique engagement between performer body and instrument.
=== About the performers:
D. Andrew Stewart (Hexagram-MATRALAB, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada): composer, pianist, clarinettist and digital musical instrumentalist. Stewart has been working in the field of music composition since 1994. Since 2000, he has been pursuing a career in live electronics -- gesture-controlled -- performance, after developing his own sensor-suit.
=== Recorded at:
11th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. 30 May - 1 June 2011, Oslo, Norway.