Re: Intuitive EA Proformance Practice Research

Subject: Re: Intuitive EA Proformance Practice Research
From: Morgan Sutherland (
Date: Wed Oct 12 2005 - 22:09:34 EDT

In The Computer Music Tutorial is a bunch of experimental controllers.
One of them is a keyboard where they keys slide in and out in addition
to going up and down. I always thought a more fully featured keyboard
would be very expressive. Perhaps with ribbon controllers on the keys,
tilting back and forth, in and out etc.

Another thing, take a look at this:

And don't forget MIDI guitars. Strings are still very expressive.

Also think about spheres.

And also think about, how can you refine the "MIDI knob box" (UC-33,
BCR2000 etc. etc. etc.) to be more efficient?

Might be a good idea to take a look at how different people perform.
Experimental noise guitarists (there are some Japanese ones), people
who play noise with no-input mixers and pedal effects and stuff,
people who play ableton live with control surfaces, theremins, all
kinds of videos of experimental stuff.

But yes, when I'm a grad student, this is what I hope to do.
Revolutionize the performance of EA. Make an instrument that wields
timbre as deftly as the computer and the mouse.

And yet another thing to think about. It takes an instrumentalist
years to be able to express themselves through their instruments.
Perhaps a control device that has a lot of depth but is not readily
easy to master?

I've always been an improv guy, not a programmer.

On 10/12/05, Michael Berger <> wrote:
> Hello All,
> I was wondering if any of you might be able to help me out. I am
> organizing a proposal that deals with the nature of EA performance
> practice and developing a more playable interface. I am looking to
> create something as versatile and musically intuitive as any acoustic
> instrument, yet capable of dealing with the vast number of sonic
> possibilities that the electroacoustic realm offers. A pipe dream for a
> measly grad student? Maybe.
> GIST: I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions as to recent
> research that is going on in this area that I may have overlooked.
> Any suggestions would be welcome, I wish only to be as
> informed as possible in preparing this proposal (and in general :D).
> Thank you all for your time, and possible help. If you have any
> questions please feel free to email me privately at this email address
> (
> I can offer little compensation for your troubles but if anyone
> wants a Gmail invite, I have plenty to go around :D.
> Sincerely,
> Michael Berger
> Edmonton, AB.

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