Compositional and Performance Mapping in Computer Chamber Music: A Case Study

Eric Lyon, R. Benjamin Knapp, Gascia Ouzounian

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The mapping problem is inherent to digital musical instruments (DMIs), which require, at the very least, an association between physical gestures and digital synthesis algorithms to transform human bodily performance into sound. This article considers the DMI mapping problem in the context of the creation and performance of a heterogeneous computer chamber music piece, a trio for violin, biosensors, and computer. Our discussion situates the DMI mapping problem within the broader set of interdependent musical interaction issues that surfaced during the composition and rehearsal of the trio. Through descriptions of the development of the piece, development of the hardware and software interfaces, lessons learned through rehearsal, and self-reporting by the participants, the rich musical possibilities and technical challenges of the integration of digital musical instruments into computer chamber music are demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-75
Number of pages12
JournalComputer Music Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2014


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