Evaluating the Performance of a New Gestural Instrument Within an Ensemble

Ilsar, Alon and Havryliv, Mark and Johnston, Andrew

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

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.