harpci-logoHarpCI, contracted version of Harpist Computer Interaction, is a research project conducted in collaboration with Eleanor Turner (Harpist and Composer). Balandino and Eleanor spent seven months on designing ways to manipulate the live harp sound without affecting the instrumental musical performance. This work informed the design and development of MyoSpat, an interactive system to model auditory and visual feedback through hand gestures.

When the system was complete, Eleanor composed The Wood and The Water which represents the primary project's output. Moreover, Balandino and Eleanor are currently running workshop focused on electronic harp sound manipulation during performance and composition.

Check the dates below for the next seminar! 

The performance

The Wood And The Waterfor harp and electronics, is composed by Eleanor Turner using MyoSpat. The performance explores principles of human-computer interaction in the field of musical performance. The performer, Eleanor Turner, elaborates the auditory and visual feedback through hand gestures. Such elaborations make herself and the audience explore the acoustic space and sounds living in it as tangible. Although, the video below is mastered for a stereophonic reproduction, live performances of the piece take place using a quadriphonic audio system. Thanks to a more accurate spatialisation, the audience can experience a fully immersive experience made of light and sound projections.


"When I first met Balandino I had been playing the electric harp for twelve years, making looped pieces using  effects, but it didn't feel real. Compared to the responsiveness and varied timbres of the acoustic harp, I was severely limited with my basic set up. I wanted to create relevant music to express myself and something of the world today and I had a dream of being like Björk; collaborating with sound designers and creating an other-worldly amplified show with emotional impact. Until I tried MyoSpat, that concept could not have been further away.

MyoSpat has transformed my experience of playing the electric harp. I was trapped in a solitary world of rigid loops and twiddling dials on pedals, whereas now I can move freely, incorporating sign language and spoken word whilst playing the harp. I am hooked on HarpCI and want to write a whole show using it: what I'm capable of musically and expressively is finally converging with what I'm actually able to achieve!

The aim of the project is to give a direct means of communicating with the audience through a more physical performance style and the use of multiple effects and lights, intrinsically linked with the musical creation."

Cit. Eleanor Turner (2017)