The instrument is designed with some ethical values of our current scene, bringing an unstandard vision of creative music production into political, technological and ambiental discussions. This project brings open source practices, sustainable 3d printing, creative coding and sustainable energy sources into the hands of a diverse team composed by local artists, designers, scientists and programmers. The integration of those practices results in a product-model of music practice that stimulates shareability of music control between its audience, the accessibility to a diverse range of possible customization triggers, tasks and voice control of electronic sounds for music composition, and its exploration and accessibility of unconventional tuning systems into today’s standard music practice.
In the past year of development constructing and refining Knurl has became the product of an artistic research organization (Knurl Lab) that aims to introduce music making and artistic quality not as a product of perfection and a virtuosism, but as an integrative, inclusive and diverse practice of culture and human expression. Knurl lab brings creative coding and circular economy into the hardware of music instrument making, dialoguing with political, ambiental and tech and other issues that our music world has been facing (climate change,globalization, etc.).