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NIME 2001: New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2001-04-01

Fullname:NIME 2001: New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Editors:Ivan Poupyrev; Michael J. Lyons; Sidney Fels; Tina Blaine
Location:Seattle, Washington
Dates:2001-Apr-01 to 2001-Apr-02
Standard No:hcibib: NIME01
Papers:22
Pages:56
Links:Workshop Program | Online Proceedings
  1. Session 1a: Doin' it Right
  2. Session 1b: Doin' it Right
  3. Session 2a: With a lever I can move the world
  4. Session 2b: With a lever I can move the world
  5. Session 3: Infinity and Beyond
  6. Session 4: Experience Music Papers (EMP)
  7. Demo Session I
  8. Demo Session II

Session 1a: Doin' it Right

Principles for Designing Computer Music Controllers BIBAKPDF 3-6
  Perry R. Cook
This paper will present observations on the design, artistic, and human factors of creating digital music controllers. Specific projects will be presented, and a set of design principles will be supported from those examples.
Keywords: Musical control, artistic interfaces
A Course on Controllers BIBAKPDF 7-10
  Bill Verplank
Over the last four years, we have developed a series of lectures, labs and project assignments aimed at introducing enough technology so that students from a mix of disciplines can design and build innovative interface devices.
Keywords: Input devices, music controllers, CHI technology, courses

Session 1b: Doin' it Right

Problems and Prospects for Intimate Musical Control of Computers BIBAKPDF 11-14
  David Wessel; Matthew Wright
In this paper we describe our efforts towards the development of live performance computer-based musical instrumentation. Our design criteria include initial ease of use coupled with a long term potential for virtuosity, minimal and low variance latency, and clear and simple strategies for programming the relationship between gesture and musical result. We present custom controllers and unique adaptations of standard gestural interfaces, a programmable connectivity processor, a communications protocol called Open Sound Control (OSC), and a variety of metaphors for musical control. We further describe applications of our technology to a variety of real musical performances and directions for future research.
Keywords: Gestural controllers, communications protocols, musical signal processing, latency, reactive computing
Input Devices for Musical Expression: Borrowing Tools from HCI BIBAKPDF 15-18
  Nicola Orio; Norbert Schnell; Marcelo M. Wanderley
This paper reviews the existing literature on input device evaluation and design in human-computer interaction (HCI) and discusses possible applications of this knowledge to the design and evaluation of new interfaces for musical expression. Specifically, a set of musical tasks is suggested to allow the evaluation of different existing controllers.
Keywords: Input device design, gestural control, interactive systems

Session 2a: With a lever I can move the world

Interface: electronic chamber ensemble BIBAKPDF 19-23
  Curtis Bahn; Dan Trueman
This paper presents the interface developments and music of the duo "interface," formed by Curtis Bahn and Dan Trueman. We describe gestural instrument design, interactive performance interfaces for improvisational music, spherical speakers (multi-channel, outward-radiating geodesic speaker arrays) and Sensor-Speaker-Arrays (SenSAs: combinations of various sensor devices with spherical speaker arrays). We discuss the concept, design and construction of these systems, and, give examples from several new published CDs of work by Bahn and Trueman.
Keywords: Interactive Music Performance, Gestural Interface, Sonic Display, Sensor/Speaker Array, SenSA
Resonant Processing of Instrumental Sound Controller by Spatial Position BIBAKPDF 24-26
  Camille Goudeseune; Guy Garnett; Timothy Johnson
We present an acoustic musical instrument played through a resonance model of another sound. The resonance model is controlled in real time as part of the composite instrument. Our implementation uses an electric violin, whose spatial position modifies filter parameters of the resonance model. Simplicial interpolation defines the mapping from spatial position to filter parameters. With some effort, pitch tracking can also control the filter parameters. The individual technologies -- motion tracking, pitch tracking, resonance models -- are easily adapted to other instruments.
Keywords: multidimensionality, control, resonance, pitch tracking

Session 2b: With a lever I can move the world

The Accordiatron: A MIDI Controller For Interactive Music BIBAKPDF 27-29
  Michael Gurevich; Stephan von Muehlen
The Accordiatron is a new MIDI controller for real-time performance based on the paradigm of a conventional squeeze box or concertina. It translates the gestures of a performer to the standard communication protocol of MIDI, allowing for flexible mappings of performance data to sonic parameters. When used in conjunction with a real-time signal processing environment, the Accordiatron becomes an expressive, versatile musical instrument. A combination of sensory outputs providing both discrete and continuous data gives the subtle expressiveness and control necessary for interactive music.
Keywords: MIDI controllers, computer music, interactive music, electronic musical instruments, musical instrument design, human computer interface

Session 3: Infinity and Beyond

Tangible Music Interfaces using Passive Magnetic Tags BIBAKPDF 30-33
  Joseph A. Paradiso; Kai-yuh Hsiao; Ari Y. Benbasat
The technologies behind passive resonant magnetically-coupled tags are introduced and their application as a musical controller is illustrated for solo or group performances, interactive installations, and music toys.
Keywords: RFID, resonant tags, EAS tags, musical controller, tangible interface
Body, Clothes, Water and Toys -- Media Towards Natural Music Expressions with Digital Sounds BIBAKPDF 34-37
  Kenji Mase; Tomoko Yonezawa
In this paper, we introduce our research challenges for creating new musical instruments using everyday-life media with intimate interfaces, such as the self-body, clothes, water and stuffed toys. Various sensor technologies including image processing and general touch sensitive devices are employed to exploit these interaction media. The focus of our effort is to provide user-friendly and enjoyable experiences for new music and sound performances. Multimodality of musical instruments is explored in each attempt. The degree of controllability in the performance and the richness of expressions are also discussed for each installation.
Keywords: New interface, music controller, dance, image processing, water interface, stuffed toy
The MATRIX: A Novel Controller for Musical Expression BIBAKPDF 38-41
  Dan Overholt
The MATRIX (Multipurpose Array of Tactile Rods for Interactive eXpression) is a new musical interface for amateurs and professionals alike. It gives users a 3-dimensional tangible interface to control music using their hands, and can be used in conjunction with a traditional musical instrument and a microphone, or as a stand-alone gestural input device. The surface of the MATRIX acts as a real-time interface that can manipulate the parameters of a synthesis engine or effect algorithm in response to a performer's expressive gestures. One example is to have the rods of the MATRIX control the individual grains of a granular synthesizer, thereby "sonically sculpting" the microstructure of a sound. In this way, the MATRIX provides an intuitive method of manipulating sound with a very high level of real-time control.
Keywords: Musical controller, tangible interface, real-time expression, audio synthesis, effects algorithms, signal processing, 3-D interface, sculptable surface

Session 4: Experience Music Papers (EMP)

Creating Contexts of Creativity: Musical Composition with Modular Components BIBAPDF 42-45
  Gideon D'Arcangelo
This paper describes a series of projects that explore the possibilities of musical expression through the combination of pre-composed, interlocking, modular components. In particular, this paper presents a modular soundtrack recently composed by the author for "Currents of Creativity," a permanent interactive videowall installation at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center which is slated to open Easter 2001 in Washington, DC.
New Musical Interfaces and New Music-making Paradigms BIBAPDF 46-50
  Sergi Jordà
The conception and design of new musical interfaces is a multidisciplinary area that tightly relates technology and artistic creation. In this paper, the author first exposes some of the questions he has posed himself during more than a decade experience as a performer, composer, interface and software designer, and educator. Finally, he illustrates these topics with some examples of his work.
PLAY!: Sound Toys For the Non Musicians BIBAKPDF 51-53
  Dominique Robson
This paper reviews a number of projects that explore building electronic musical things, interfaces and objects designed to be used and enjoyed by anybody but in particular those who do not see themselves as naturally musical. On reflecting on the strengths of these projects, interesting directions for similar work in the future are considered.
Keywords: Play, exploration, sound mapping, engaging content, sound design
The Interactive Dance Club: Avoiding Chaos In A Multi Participant Environment BIBAPDF 54-56
  Ryan Ulyate; David Bianciardi
In 1998 we designed enabling technology and a venue concept that allowed several participants to influence a shared musical and visual experience. Our primary goal was to deliver musically coherent and visually satisfying results from several participants' input. The result, the Interactive Dance Club, ran for four nights at the ACM SIGGRAPH 98 convention in Orlando, Florida.
   In this paper we will briefly describe the Interactive Dance Club, our "10 Commandments of Interactivity", and what we learned from it's premiere at SIGGRAPH 98.

Demo Session I

Speaking Orbs* BIB -
  Einar Ask
2 Hearts BIB -
  Graeme McCaig; Sidney Fels
Musical Trinkets BIB -
  Joseph A. Paradiso
jMax Digitizing Tablet BIB -
  Marcelo M. Wanderley

Demo Session II

3D Helical Keyboard BIB -
  Michael Cohen; Toshifumi Kanno
Accordiatron BIB -
  Michael Gurevich
FMOL BIB -
  Sergi Jordà
Mouthesizer BIB -
  Michael J. Lyons