A CHANGE IN PARADIGM FROM FIXED DESIGN TO VARIABLE DESIGN
WE DESIGN INSTRUMENTOS
Instrumentos are a shift from the paradigm of musical instruments with a fixed design to instruments in which design is a variable. This is accomplished through permanent research and development using digital technologies such as 3D modeling, vibrational analysis, CNC machining, laser cutting and rapid prototyping while using all kinds of materials from fine woods and gourds to carbon fiber and aluminum.
In the last fifteen years we've been closely collaborating with foundations, museums, cultural centers, ensembles and composers to design and build instruments for new music, interactive exhibitions, live performances and educational programs.
FROM DIGITAL TO PHYSICAL
Originating in the Pangeia Instrumentos series, Instrumentos are contemporary musical instruments, sound devices and installations designed and built as a process of music writing and experimentation with form, design, sound and music.
Its creator, composer Victor Gama has been steadily designing and building an impressive array of instruments since the early 90s. His process begins with the creation of an entirely new instrument, one whose design is steeped in symbolic meaning. Concept design, the selection of materials, fabrication, and scoring is all part of the rigorous way Gama creates new music for the 21st century, blending current fabrication technologies with ideas, materials, and traditions inspired by the natural world.
Innovations like 3D printing, digital modeling, CAD/CAM have brought the object back to center stage after becoming seemingly obsolete with advances in file sharing and the creation of digital libraries. Instrumentos are about creating and performing new music with a physical object that is capable of merging both the virtual and physical worlds in profound new ways.