Evaluating the performance of a new gestural instrument within an ensemble

Alon Ilsar, Mark Havryliv, Andrew Johnston

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This paper discusses one particular mapping for a new gestural instrument called the AirSticks. This mapping was designed to be used for improvised or rehearsed duos and restricts the performer to only utilising the sound source of one other musician playing an acoustic instrument. Several pieces with different musicians were performed and documented, musicians were observed and interviews with these musicians were transcribed. In this paper we will examine the thoughts of these musicians to gather a better understanding of how to design effective ensemble instruments of this type.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
EditorsBaptiste Caramiaux, Koray Tahiroğlu, Rebecca Fiebrink, Atau Tanaka
Place of PublicationLondon UK
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978190689729­1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventNew Interfaces for Musical Expression 2014 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jun 20144 Jul 2014
Conference number: 14th


ConferenceNew Interfaces for Musical Expression 2014
Abbreviated titleNIME14
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • mapping
  • new instrument
  • electronic percussion

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