Exploring percussive gesture on iPads with ensemble metatone

Charles Martin, Henry Gardner, Ben Swift
2014 Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '14  
Percussionists are unique among western classical instrumentalists in that their artistic practice is defined by an approach to interaction rather than their instruments. While percussionists are accustomed to exploring non-traditional objects to create music, these objects have yet to encompass touchscreen computing devices to any great extent. The proliferation and popularity of these devices now presents an opportunity to explore their use in combining computer-generated sound together with
more » ... ercussive interaction in a musical ensemble. This paper examines Ensemble Metatone, a group formed to explore the "infiltration" of iPad-based musical instruments into a free-improvisation percussion ensemble. We discuss the design approach for two different iPad percussion instruments and the methodology for exploring them with the group over a series of rehearsals and performances. Qualitative analysis of discussions throughout this process shows that the musicians developed a vocabulary of gestures and musical interactions to make musical sense of these new instruments.
doi:10.1145/2556288.2557226 dblp:conf/chi/MartinGS14 fatcat:qre5m7c2jzdqdaonfe35nukix4