The AirSticks combine the physicality of drumming with the unlimited possibilities of computer music, taking the practice of real-time electronic music to a new realm.

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 Wollongongrespectively. 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 Hour. 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 KaiyoteHermitude and the Cat Empire.

To book a performance, schedule a talk, start a new collaboration and/or discuss commercialisation of the AirSticks email

For more on the new hardware/software AirSticks page visit

VIDEO: AirStorm – The AirSticks Controlling Sound and Visuals

VIDEO: AirStorm – The AirSticks On Triple J’s Like a Version

For more videos of the AirSticks click on the following projects:

The Hour (AUS) – Audio-Visual Percussion Piece


Drumonair – Solo AirSticks Project


The Sticks (AUS) – Live Electronic Music Trio


Voyager (US) – Dance Collaboration With Neshamah Dance Company


Cephalon (US) – Electro-acoustic group

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Malarkey (AUS) – Electronic Songwriting