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Building a Laser Harp

Learn more about Physics and Music at Middlebury College.

First developed in 1976 by Geoffrey Rose, the laser harp is an electronic instrument designed to stimulate visual and aural senses together when used in live concerts. Provided with the advantage of many technological advancements since Rose’s time, I constructed a laser harp using electronics, a MIDI CPU converter and computer synthesizer equipment. The laser harp is framed – with the lasers affixed to the top and indicdent on photocells positioned at the base. The electronic instrument includes up to twenty lasers, each of which play a different note as specified by the MIDI signal. Additional lasers may be included which, when disrupted, would change the volume, octave or sound for any or all of the other beams.

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Hannah Waite
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Peter Hamlin
Sponsor & Christian A. Johnson Professor of Music

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Curricular Connection: Exploring the piano

Learn more about Music History, and the Performing Arts Series at Middlebury College.

Dr. Bettina Matthias FYSE class, The Cultural History of the Piano, has spent some time exploring the piano in the Concert Hall and met with visiting artist Paul Lewis.  Ross Commons Heads  Pavlos Sfyoeras and  Maria Hatjigeorgiou graciously invited the students, along with some Ross students, to a reception for Paul in their home.  Diana and Emory Fanning, along with Town Hall Theater director Doug Anderson, mixed with students until Paul’s arrival.  Then the questions began…

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