The Acoustic, the Digital and the Body: A Survey on Musical Instruments

Magnusson, Thor (2007) The Acoustic, the Digital and the Body: A Survey on Musical Instruments In: International Conference for New Instruments for Musical Expression, New York.

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This paper reports on a survey conducted in the autumn of 2006 with the objective to understand people's relationship to their musical tools. The survey focused on the question of embodiment and its different modalities in the fields of acoustic and digital instruments. The questions of control, instrumental entropy, limitations and creativity were addressed in relation to people's activities of playing, creating or modifying their instruments. The approach used in the survey was phenomenological, i.e. we were concerned with the experience of playing, composing for and designing digital or acoustic instruments. At the time of analysis, we had 209 replies from musicians, composers, engineers, designers, artists and others interested in this topic. The survey was mainly aimed at instrumentalists and people who create their own instruments or compositions in flexible audio programming environments such as SuperCollider, Pure Data, ChucK, Max/MSP, CSound, etc.

Item Type: Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Survey, musical instruments, usability, ergonomics, embodiment, mapping, affordances, constraints, instrumental entropy, audio programming.
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 16:05

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