Re: hci, music, feedback

Subject: Re: hci, music, feedback
From: Ralf Muhlberger (
Date: Fri Sep 23 2005 - 21:44:09 EDT

I'm in the Interaction Design research division of the school of
Information Technology and Interaction Design, at the University of
Queensland, Australia, where a few of us are involved in work that
might be related to this. One of my current PhD students has his web
site up to date (one day I'll find the time again) with a couple of
papers: <> Our interest goes further
into the sound design, affective computing, multi-modal and virtual
environments, etc space than just his work though.

Email me off list and we can have more of a chat about it, and where
you'd like to go.


  Dr Ralf Muhlberger
         Interaction Design Research Division
         School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering
         The University of Queensland Qld 4072 Australia
  email: alt:
  phone: +61 415 916 364 fax: +61 7 3365 4999
  affiliations: ARC Centre in Bioinformatics; Australasian CRC for
Interaction Design

On 23/09/2005, at 3:57 PM, Damian Stewart wrote:

> 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 :)
> aroha
> d

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