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Reimagining the Computer Keyboard as a Musical Interface

WAITE, Si (2015) Reimagining the Computer Keyboard as a Musical Interface. In: NIME 2015, 30th May - 3rd June, Baton Rouge, USA. (In Press)

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This paper discusses the use of typed text as a real-time input for interactive performance systems. A brief review of the literature discusses text-based generative systems, links between typing and playing percussion instruments and the use of typing gestures in contemporary performance practice. The paper then documents the author’s audio-visual system that is driven by the typing of text/lyrics in real-time. It is argued that the system promotes the sensation of liveness through clear, perceptible links between the performer’s gestures, the system’s audio outputs and the its visual outputs. The system also provides a novel approach to the use of generative techniques in the composition and live performance of songs. Future developments would include the use of dynamic text effects linked to sound generation and greater interaction between human performer and the visuals.

keywords: Text, typing, computer keyboard, live performance, Max, system

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: INCL
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
J900 Others in Technology
W300 Music
W800 Imaginative Writing
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies > Film, Sound and Vision
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Depositing User: Si WAITE
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 10:57
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 16:46

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