The Gyrotyre is a multi-modal computer music interface based on a bicycle wheel, built by Elliot Sinyor in 2004 at McGill University. It is played by one hand supporting the device by its handle, which is also responsible for discrete parameter control, while the other hand controls the rotation speed of the wheel for sound excitation.
This interface implements several modes of sensing, including:
Gyroscopic tilt sensing
Pressure sensitive finger keys
Hall effect sensors for measure of speed of wheel
Several parameter mappings and synthesis patches were written by Sinyor, implementing:
Real-time sound scrubbing/scratching
The Gyrotyre was presented at the NIME2005 conference.
- Sinyor, E., Wanderley, M. M. (2005). Gyrotyre: A Hand-held Dynamic Computer-Music Controller Based on a Spinning Wheel. In Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2005) (pp. 42-45). Vancouver, Canada.