A Musical Instrument Based on a Bioacoustic Model of a Cicada
In this research, the sound production mechanism of the cicada is explored and modeled to create a new digital musical instrument. The model is implemented in an environment which offers intuitive, real-time manipulation of the model’s parameters – making it suitable for live, interactive, musical performances. The model consists of a primary and secondary resonator, the former for the tymbal and the latter for the abdominal air sac. There is also an object in the model that implements the rather unique excitation mechanism of the buckling ribs.
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