This paper describes the T-Stick, a new family of digital musical instruments. It presents the motivation behind the project, hardware and software design, and presents insights gained through collaboration with performers who have collectively practised and performed with the T-Stick for hundreds of hours and composers who have written pieces for the instrument in the context of McGill University’s Digital Orchestra project. Each of the T-Sticks is based on the same general structure and sensing platform, but each also differs from its siblings in size, weight, timbre and range. Keywords gestural controller, digital musical instrument, families of instruments 1
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