The New School Archives Digital Collections

Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2018 ➔ RISE


Related people/organizations

Nan Huang (designer)
Anthony Jesse Deen (thesis advisor)
Andrew Zornoza (thesis advisor)
Mattie Brice (thesis advisor)
Loretta Wolozin (thesis advisor)


May 17 2018


RISE is an experimental digital instrument inspired by the ancient Erhu, a traditional Chinese bowed string instrument. The project enables musicians’ sensor-based manipulation of Ehru-like sounds by their mimicking its bowing and gestural hand movements with a novel musical interface. My intention in designing RISE is to provide convincing sound of the traditional instrument while also inspiring instrument players of all backgrounds to explore new territory in live performance, music production and in education. The project also shows concern the general cultural evolution of traditional Chinese classical music and some traditional instruments that were once popular, which are slowly being forgotten.




Nan Huang. RISE. May 17 2018. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2018. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 16 Oct 2019.

Use Restrictions 

There’s more! What you see on this site is only what is viewable online. Please visit our website to find out more about what’s in the archives.