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The University of Southampton

“Digital Interactions: Real-Time - Virtual Instrument” Seminar

4 December 2012
Room 1083 Music, Building 2 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Florian Scheding at .

Event details

Part of the Music Research Seminar Series

Over recent years, the number of readily available technologies for human interaction with digital devices has expanded massively, from high-tech 3D body-tracking sensors to "homebrew" web-cam based systems. These offer exciting opportunities and challenges for the development of Digital Musical Instruments. Already freed from the limitations of instrumental acoustics for sound generation, further constraints on electronic musical performance are being removed, such as dependence upon traditional computer input devices (keyboard and mouse) and standard MIDI controllers (e.g. electronic music keyboards). This seminar will include demonstrations of various controllers, discussion of their affordances and limitations in a music context and will outline in-progress research into the evaluation of digital controllers for musical performance.

Speaker information

Richard Polfreman,Senior Lecturer in Music

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