Designing a musical instrument is more than mapping a beautiful sound to a new interaction and giving it a matching look. Designing a musical instrument is designing an experience.
Iridis is a musical installation made for a children’s festival. It focuses on creating a magical experience for these children which keeps these children interested. This is done by taking an interaction which is familiar yet mystic to them and using this to create sound. Iridis creates sound by manipulating a soap film. The sound is controlled by deforming and touching this soap film.
Soap films have special physical properties which give them this mystical appearance. The main properties concern their elasticity, fragility, iridescence and electrical conductivity. Iridis makes use of these properties to create an open interaction. This gives the children room to explore new interactions and hereby create their own way of interacting with the installation.