The ixiQuarks: Merging Code and GUI in One Creative Space

Magnusson, Thor (2007) The ixiQuarks: Merging Code and GUI in One Creative Space In: International Computer Music Conference, September 2007, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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This paper reports on ixiQuarks; an environment of instruments and effects that is built on top of the audio programming language SuperCollider. The rationale of these instruments is to explore alternative ways of designing musical interaction in screen-based software, and investigate how semiotics in interface design affects the musical output. The ixiQuarks are part of external libraries available to SuperCollider through the Quarks system. They are software instruments based on a non-realist design ideology that rejects the simulation of acoustic instruments or music hardware and focuses on experimentation at the level of musical interaction. In this environment we try to merge the graphical with the textual in the same instruments, allowing the user to reprogram and change parts of them in runtime. After a short introduction to SuperCollider and the Quark system, we will describe the ixiQuarks and the philosophical basis of their design. We conclude by looking at how they can be seen as epistemic tools that influence the musician in a complex hermeneutic circle of interpretation and signification.

Item Type: Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ixi software, music, instrument, supercollider, programming, affordances, constraints.
Subjects: G000 Computing and Mathematical Sciences > G600 Software Engineering
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
Faculties: Faculty of Arts > School of Arts and Media
Depositing User: Dr Thor Magnusson
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2011 16:11

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