AVL Project: The Irvine / Music Instrument Commission / Andy Cavatorta Studio 

 The Irvine: latest prototype | Photo by Tom Huber

The Irvine: latest prototype | Photo by Tom Huber

Andy Cavatorta Studio / AVL Project: The Irvine / Music Instrument Commission

The Irvine Mark 7 is a new musical instrument by Andy Cavatorta, commissioned by the AVL Cultural Foundation. It debuted in Graz, Austria, at a performance in October 2017. At the core of the instrument are six gallium phosphate crystals — quartz-like structures which do not occur in nature. When playing the instrument, the crystals are made to resonate at different ultrasonic frequencies, and their interference patterns create audible tones. Think a GaPO4 synth version of an Ondes Martenot.

Role in project: Design & CAD Technical Drawings of earlier prototypes, CNC Files, Prototyping Mechanical and Electronic Components, Woodwork, Assembly. 

Design / CAD Drawings

Fabrication Process / User Testing

Early Prototype / Scaled Model Prototype

Lighting Prototypes / EL Strips & LED