Human Harp TraveLab

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Human Harp TraveLab

Human Harp TraveLab

Di  Mainstone By Di Mainstone

TraveLab is a traveling laboratory on wheels, playing host to a musical instrument called the Human Harp which allows community members to make music from local structures and buildings.

Bristol Idea stage

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The Human Harp is an instrument designed to enable a person to release the voice of a building or structure via a cable controlled from the ground. TraveLab will allow us to take our Human Harp prototypes on a 6 month research and development tour, testing the new instruments on interesting structures through the UK. Our goal is to create an instrument which will be portable, fun, intuitive and playable by individuals of all abilities, ages and backgrounds - an instrument for the people. We are inviting our Space Hive supporters to propose unusual structures in their area that could be played (with particular focus on iconic structures that may need funds for repair or earmarked for demolition). At each location we will work with these communities to explore the resonant properties of the chosen structure (e.g. pedestrian bridges, wind turbines, grain silos, climbing frames) co-creating a piece of music which will be performed by members of this community, and documented.

What we'll deliver:

  • Develop and manufacture a new version of the Human Harp that is portable and easy to use
  • Purchase and customize an electric van to house this new Human Harp.
  • Invite you to nominate special, interesting or iconic structures in your local community that could be played.
  • Tour the country in our TraveLab to test, reiterate, code and tweak our instruments on your chosen structures.
  • Film each experiment so we can share the results with you, shining a light on your local heritage
  • At the end of the tour we will create a film telling the TraveLab story and livestream this to create a UK wide event.

Why it's a great idea:

All around East London and other towns and cities across the UK iconic structures are being scrubbed from our landscape - demolished by developers to make way for glass skyscrapers and luxury apartments with little thought of the effect these developments may have on the surrounding communities. TraveLab is a great idea because it will target some of these unique structures and give them a voice and new resonance within the local area, putting into motion plans for a positive outcome with the community (e.g. giving the land back to the community). Researching and developing a new instrument in a public space also means that anyone can come along and get involved - which is exciting and can lead to unexpected collaborations. TraveLab will open up the process of music-making to new and unexpected audiences so that individuals without any training in music would have the opportunity to play the Human Harp on a local landmark. A visionary instrument for the 21st Century.

Steps to get it done:

  • 1. Develop and manufacture a new version of the Human Harp that is portable and easy to use

Human Harp will be manufactured to a high standard and will not damage any of the structures that it is connected to. The instrument will be easily assembled and will safely and securely connect to the structure.

Location Bristol

Bristol has 22 other projects and £355,000 in potential grant funding

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How will the money be spent?Total £7,746

Tech development - £5,000 (65%)
Insurance - £2,000 (26%)
Other - £746 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Tech development
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £7,746

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