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We present a new embedded instrument, with discussion on the challenges of developping embedded instruments, and the practice and theory of NIME evaluation and design. The Shake Stick is a Raspberry Pi-based embedded instrument using SuperCollider for granular synthesis. In our analysis and design, we explore the MINUET design framework, dimension space analysis for inter-instrument comparison, and learning curves. Furthermore, we discuss lessons learned from using the instrument in group improvisation, as well as challenges and prospects for the creation of sound palettes used in the granular synthesis.
This is the initial preprint for PeerJ Computer Science.