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Research postgraduate presented at the 41st International Computer Music Conference (ICMC)

5 October 2015

A paper by research postgraduate Vanissa Law, titled ˇ§Audio collage as an instrument for musical expression: combining freehand and tangible controllers,ˇ¨ was presented at the 41st International Computer Music Conference (ICMC).

The paper details ongoing work of a 4-channel performance tool, based on the idea of audio collage, which is controlled by freehand gestures and button pressing a tangible interface. The system makes use of coordinates of one hand in 3D space, gesture recognition of whether the hand is a palm or a fist, and button switches pressed on a wearable tangible controller on the other hand. The 3D data from the hand is mapped to the position of the listening point, panning, volume, and playback speed of samples, depending on which mode is triggered. A number of design issues regarding the use of touch-free and tangible interfaces is discussed, which includes the importance of touch in music and sound making, and challenges of mapping gestural data to human proprioception in 3D space.

ICMC is an annual event which has brought together researchers and composers for over 40 years. Organized by the International Computer Music Association, ICMC 2015 was held in University of North Texas from Sept 25 to Oct 1.



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Vanissa Law


The paper details ongoing work of a 4-channel performance tool, based on the idea of audio collage, which is controlled by freehand gestures and button pressing a tangible interface.


Vanissa presented her paper at the 41st International Computer Music Conference (ICMC).

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