Towards Unified Design Guidelines for New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Garth Paine
2009 Organised Sound  
The use of a laptop computer for musical performance has become wide spread in the electronic music community. It brings with it many issues pertaining to the communication of musical intent. Critics argue that performances of this nature fail to engage audiences because many performers use the mouse and/or computer keyboard to control their musical works, leaving no visual cues to guide the audience as to the correlation between performance gestures and musical outcomes. The author will argue
more » ... hat interfaces need to communicate something of their task and that cognitive affordances (Gibson, 1979) associated with the performance interface become paramount if the musical outcomes are to be perceived as clearly tied to realtime performance gestures, ie. That the audience are witnessing the creation of the music in that moment as distinct to the manipulation of pre-recorded or pre-sequenced events. Interfaces of his kind lend themselves particularly to electro-acoustic and computer music performance where timbre, texture and morphology may be paramount.
doi:10.1017/s1355771809000259 fatcat:rhnvznr7wzd2fjg56nzeqgu22a