44. Mementoes

Augmented artefacts leave behind augmented mementoes …

Carolan Guitar

How might you keep in touch with Carolan once it has passed on to someone else?

We launch our Summer collection of Carolan accessories. Like the guitar itself, they are decorated with  celtic knotwork that can be scanned to link to Carolan’s growing history. The perfect memento?


Plectrums are a useful accessory; stickers are a popuar way of personalising instrument cases to help you recognise your own at a crowded gig or session; it’s always good to leave a calling card; and button badges remain the coolest way to display your musical allegiance.


We’d love to hear your ideas for interesting and perhaps more personal artefacts that we can decorate with Carolan’s knotwork. Perhaps you’d even like to send us a valued object of your own that we can try out in our laser cutter? Anyone got a spare Uke hanging around? Or maybe a vintage Martin D-28 that needs some new life breathing into it?

Or maybe you’d like just to purchase your own Carolan accessory pack of plectrums, stickers, cards…

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42. Siblings

We’ve been decorating other kinds of instruments. D-Boxes are radically different from traditional acoustic guitars. However, they might still carry their histories with them.

Carolan Guitar

We bring exciting news that Carolan has acquired some siblings, although you would be hard pressed to spot the family resemblance.

The Carolan team has been collaborating with Andrew McPherson and his group at the Augmented Instruments Laboratory at Queen Mary to explore how we might decorate other musical instruments with their life stories. This is part of a new five-year research project called FAST that has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to explore new forms of digital music object.

Andrew’s lab creates new musical instruments and also augments traditional ones with sensors, new types of sound production and new ways of interacting. A lovely example of Andrew’s previous work was to augment traditional piano keyboards with capacitance sensors so that pianists could naturally create vibratos, bends and other effects by moving their fingers on individual keys – an idea called TouchKeys.

In a quite different vein, their recent work has been exploring…

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