RE: hci, music, feedback

Subject: RE: hci, music, feedback
From: Van Richard Stiefel, Dr (
Date: Fri Sep 23 2005 - 07:57:56 EDT

Dear Damian,

I share many of your interests in feedback. I don't know how practical this would be as a plan for future study, but one person whose name came to mind after reading your email is Christopher Burns. You may enjoy getting to know his work at any rate. He is Assistant Professor of Composition and Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Good luck with your efforts.

Van Stiefel
Faculty of Music
McGill University

-----Original Message-----
From: on behalf of Damian Stewart
Sent: Fri 9/23/2005 1:57 AM
Subject: hci, music, feedback
hello everyone,

i'm going through something of a
what-on-earth-am-i-going-to-do-with-myself-next-year phase at the moment.

my preferred option at the moment is something involving electronic
music, performance and/or composition, coupled with computer
programming. in particular, i'm wanting to develop a system based on
digital feedback that simultaneously allows subtle control over evolving
feedback soundscapes, and dramatic control over the overall 'sound'.

As an example, I currently use Ableton Live - I set up feedback loops on
the send channels and then using resampling give myself the ability to
kill the feedback system, while keeping the sound feeling continuous,
thenbdramaticallybmanipulate that using Live's envelope editing system.

What would be much more ideal for my purposes is if I could do
everything in the context of the feedback systems - in other words, I
would like not to have to go through the 'resampling' step, but to be
able to apply something that gives the same kind of radical control over
the sound output that I get using the enveloping system and Live's (2D
mouse-controlled) eq unit, directly in the feedback system. (Imagine
having Live-like control envelopes that are able to feed back control
data onto themselves, for example).

Shortly I'm going to blow my windows system away and put lovely geeky
open source stuff on it, and then get to work programming anyway,
income/university support or no. What would be super ideal is a
university environment in which to do this 'properly' come next year.
I'm about to graduate with a BSc in computer science, and I am currently
doing a little study in electroacoustic music (though only to second
year level), so a music/computer science interdisciplinary approach
seems like a good move (but then of course there's the tricky question
of which side of the equation I focus on, music or computers... )

So what I'd like to know is this: are there any HCI (human-computer
interaction) labs or departments in New Zealand or Australia (ideally
New Zealand) that deal with this sort of thing? I'm open to travelling
overseas as well, of course, it's just that that takes money and money
is something i don't have :)


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