The Metapiano: composing and improvising with sculpture

Hoadley, Richard (2011) The Metapiano: composing and improvising with sculpture. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper concerns the design, implementation and demonstration of interactive sculptural interfaces which need to be used by the public as well as by specialist performers such as musicians or dancers. Options for automatic control are also available. The set of interfaces under consideration is referred to as the ʻmetapianoʼ, itself a ʻmeta-sculptureʼ comprising a collection of diverse and independent sculptural items, each of which are being developed to control a sometimes self- referential array of musically expressive algorithms. In the case of the metapiano the primary sound source, perhaps unsurprisingly, is that of a (synthesised) piano. The paper describes the manner in which a viewer/performer interacts with hardware and software systems, examines the nature of the music created, and details how the two are related. Of particular interest is the way in which the resulting music relates to both new and more traditional forms of composition and performance.

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Additional Information: Citation: Hoadley, R., 2011. The Metapiano: composing and improvising with sculpture. In: International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium of Electronic Arts. Istanbul, Turkey 14-21 September 2011. International Symposium of Electronic Arts..
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 13:20
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:51

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