When contemplating the future of life in space, we dream not only of rockets and off-world societies, but also of art, of leisure, and frequently of music. Human life in space will be not only operational, but also culturally rich.
In order to explore this future, Nicole L'Huillier, Sands Fish, and Thomas Sanchez Lengeling are building the Telemetron Orchestra, a collection of novel musical instruments designed explicitly to be performed in microgravity. Born from speculation and microgravity experimentation, the Telemetrons take advantage of the poetics of the weightless environment to create a musical performance based on motion in space. The instruments are both devices and sculptures at once. They are both kinetic and aesthetic experiments, as well as explorations of interaction design in an environment where the gravitational rules we are used to do not apply.