Designing Custommade Metallophone with Concurrent Eigenanalysis


We introduce an interactive interface for the custom design of metallophones. The shape of each plate must be determined in the design process so that the metallophone will produce the proper tone when struck with a mallet. Unfortunately, the relationship between plate shape and tone is complex, which makes it difficult to design plates with arbitrary shapes. Our system addresses this problem by running a concurrent numerical eigenanalysis during interactive geometry editing. It continuously presents a predicted tone to the user with both visual and audio feedback, thus making it possible to design a plate with any desired shape and tone. We developed this system to demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating real-time finite element method analysis into geometric editing to facilitate the design of custom-made musical instruments. An informal study demonstrated the ability of technically unsophisticated user to apply the system to complex metallophone design.

Proceedings of New Interfaces for Musical Expression++ (NIME++ 2010)
Nobuyuki Umetani
Nobuyuki Umetani
Associate Professor

My research interests include interactive smart engineering design tool using physics simulation and machine learning.