ModImprov: Modularity, Immedicacy and Exchange in Laptop Improvisation
Reuben, Federico (2013) ModImprov: Modularity, Immedicacy and Exchange in Laptop Improvisation. [Project]Full text not available from this repository.
Abstract / Summary
This project explores musical improvisation through laptop performance in interaction with live instruments. Laptop improvisation presents unique technological and artistic challenges to the computer musician. If the laptop improviser’s desire is to encourage exchange with other instrumentalists, s/he has to be able to generate a reaction that is both spontaneous and expeditious and that at the same time is responsive and reflective of the other musicians’ contributions. Another concern for the laptop performer in relationship to improvisation is the ability to produce an adaptive response to the instrumentalist’s initiatives and at the same time contribute new and inventive ideas. A modular approach to laptop performance is desired, where the performer can access a wide variety of tools and choose the adequate ones depending on the musical circumstances at a specific moment.
The main output of this research is the development of a computer environment that combines the versatility provided by live coding with the modularity that can be achieved with the powerful SuperCollider programming language and synthesis server, all within the immediacy required to interact with live instruments. This is achieved through a command-line style environment, which accesses different modules containing a variety of SC functionalities (machine listening, synthesis definitions, patterns, node proxies, etc.) as well as buffers and databases by executing short text commands in a ‘call window’. The modules can be accessed and disposed very quickly making it an ideal environment for improvisation.
|Additional Information:||Final software release (15/04/2013), CD releases (22/03/2013, 15/07/2013, 15/07/2013)|
|Depositing User:||Federico Reuben|
|Date Deposited:||06 Dec 2013 14:19|
|Last Modified:||19 Feb 2014 16:06|
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