Flip-Flop is a thongophone with a twist. What is a thongophone? It’s a percussion based musical instrument consisting of a series of pipes of different...
PropMill: Joseph Burgess (Australia) / Daniel Thomas (Australia)
Flip-Flop is a thongophone with a twist. What is a thongophone? It’s a percussion based musical instrument consisting of a series of pipes of different lengths and widths that are hit with paddles, traditionally thongs, to create corresponding notes.
Flip-Flop is, in effect, is an electric version of a pentatonic pipe drum. Every tap causes vibrations that are transmitted through the hollow pipes. Each one resonates to a pre-set pitch. Electronic pickups, similar to an electric guitar, amplify the vibrations. These in turn get enhanced and manipulated electronically.
Beyond its sonic capabilities, each note hit drives a series of evolving light responses, both internally and on the projection surface. 3D projection mapping effects, and sound reactive lights respond to the beat. The notes produced by the instrument can be amplified and expanded upon to create an ever-changing spectacle, far beyond the capabilities of a traditional thongophone.
Flip-Flop turns the physical act of beating a pipe drum into a choreographed light show. Being a three-sided instrument, up to three players, both young and old, can play at any one time. Each side has a different set of notes and tones, so together visitors can create an unending light symphony.
Country represented by installation: Australia