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Sidney Fels: Designing for Intimacy: Creating New Interfaces for Musical Expression

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Sidney Fels is the Director of the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC), University of British Columbia

What
  • Distinguished Lecture
When Apr 27, 2006
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke St. West, C-201
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ABSTRACT:
Contemporary musical instrument design using computers provides nearly limitless potential for designing the mapping between gesture and sound. When designing effective and expressive musical instruments the types of relationship between musician/player and his instrument and the aesthetics of the relationships must be considered. This paper discusses four types of relationships and their aesthetics. A high degree of intimacy is achieved when the relationship reaches a level where the mapping between control and sound is transparent to the player, that is, the player embodies the device. Ultimately, this type of relationship allows intent and expression to flow through the player to the sound and hence create music. I'll discuss some new interfaces for musical expression, including the Iamascope, Sound Sculpting and Tooka that I designed as well as some interesting other NIMEs that provide examples of how instruments may be designed to develop and explore intimacy and embodiment of new musical instruments.

http://www.magic.ubc.ca/

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