Interactive music systems for everyone exploring visual feedback as a way for creating more intuitive, efficient and learnable instruments

TitleInteractive music systems for everyone exploring visual feedback as a way for creating more intuitive, efficient and learnable instruments
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsJordà, S.
AbstractNew digital musical instruments designed for professional and trained musicians can be quite complex and challenging, offering as a counterpart a great amount of creative freedom and control possibilities to their players. On the other hand, instruments designed for amateur musicians or for audiences in interactive sound installations, tend to be quite simple, often trying to bring the illusion of control and interaction to their users, while still producing 'satisfactory' outputs. Logically, these two classes of instruments are often mutually exclusive. But wouldn't it be possible to design instruments that can appeal to both sectors?
In this paper we will show , with two projects developed in our research group, how visual feedback can highly increase the intuitiveness of an interactive music system, making complex principles understandable.
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