The acoustic, the digital and the body: a survey on musical instruments

Magnusson, Thor and Hurtado, Enrike (2017) The acoustic, the digital and the body: a survey on musical instruments. In: Jensenius, Alexander and Lyons, Michael (eds.) A NIME Reader: Fifteen Years of New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Current Research in Systematic Musicology (3). Springer, Cham, pp. 317-333. ISBN 9783319472133

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This paper reports on a survey conducted in the autumn of 2006 with the objective to understand people’s relationship with their musical tools. The survey focused on the question of embodiment and its different modalities in the fields of acoustic and digital instruments. The questions of control, instrumental entropy, limitations and creativity were addressed in relation to the activities of playing, creating, or modifying instruments. The survey focus was phenomenological, i.e., we were concerned with the experience of playing, composing for and designing digital or acoustic instruments. At the time of analysis, we had 209 replies from musicians, composers, engineers, designers, artists and others interested in this topic. The survey was mainly aimed at instrumentalists and people who create their own instruments or compositions in flexible audio programming environments such as SuperCollider, Pure Data, ChucK, Max/MSP, CSound, etc.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Interfaces, NIME, HCI, survey, instruments, software
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study
Depositing User: Thor Magnusson
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2017 12:04
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 12:04

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