No more heavy equipment, no more cables, no more screens. Simply slash and strike through the air, embody a groove, loop it and drench it in effects. Let your body take over as every movement is transformed into sound.
The AirSticks are the brainchild of drummer/ electronic producer Alon Ilsar and computer programmer/ composer Mark Havryliv. Both hold PhDs in instrument design at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Wollongong respectively. The ingenious software development of Mark has enabled Alon to transform off-the-shelf gaming controllers into a unique musical instrument, performing with the instrument in scores of professional projects from Sydney to Berlin, London and New York over the last 4 years. These have included performances with actor/singer Alan Cumming at New York’s MET Museum, Australian hip hop band Thundamentals at Australia’s Splendour in the Grass and a solo audio-visual extravaganza at Sydney's Vivid Festival. The AirSticks have also been featured at TEDxSydney 2015, on Triple J’s Like a Version with Tuka and Thelma Plum, and in projects with members of Hiatus Kaiyote, Hermitude and the Cat Empire.
The AirSticks on Triple J's Like a Version
the future of music
Now it’s time to deliver the AirSticks to drummers, instrumentalists, vocalists, electronic producers, sound designers, dancers, visual artists and virtual reality developers, no matter what their level of expertise. Our new custom hardware/software AirSticks package will enable people of all abilities to engage with electronic music, bringing computer music out of the dark ages, out from behind the laptop to front and centre stage, and into the unimaginable live performances of the future.
Interview with alon ilsar about the airsticks
Test AIR play
We are currently running regular user testing in Australia, the US, the UK and Europe. If you are interested in having a play get in touch.
JOIN OUR MOVEMENT
We are looking for enthusiastic hardware engineers, software engineers, designers and electronic producers, anyone who feels they can help bring the AirSticks to the world.
What you get
Two wireless sticks with
in-built motion detection sensors
pressure sensors for tactile feedback
LEDs for visual feedback
buttons for switching modes and triggering sounds
in-built speakers for quiet playing and sound spacialisation
capability for editing patches with the sticks themselves
connectivity via bluetooth to a hub
A hub with
a simple graphic interface
capability of saving new patches
analogue sound circuitry
MIDI in/out for synching
USB out to computer for control of other musical software, instruments and/or visuals
foot controller for switching modes, looping and triggering sounds
AirSticks Software allowing the
triggering of beautifully crafted sounds
morphing between these sounds using our custom algorithm
editing and saving of new original sounds
morphing between effects
creation of sequences with our custom air sequencer
The new custom hardware/software AirSticks package will be available in mid 2018. Get in touch to pre order.