The Novo Sublimette is a part of senior project at Skidmore College concerning novel musical interfaces for digital music.
It is an adapted music box, using switches in place of the tines. These switches trigger MIDI Note On/Off messages. These messages, along with four Control Change messages from the potentiometers along the top. These messages were used to drive a series of programs in Max/MSP.
The goal was to bridge the gap between tactile and sculptural media, like the raised ridges of the sleeve, and to work with more abstract “scoring,” by sculpting shapes and ridged patterns. It also served to provide the opportunity to rethink the typical handling of MIDI messages, no longer tied to “notes,” now simply a series of 24 bits.