Designing Expressive Musical Interfaces for Tabletop Surfaces

Hochenbaum, Jordan and Vallis, Owen and Diakopoulos, Dimitri and Murphy, Jim and Kapur, Ajay

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper explores the evolution of collaborative, multi-user, musical interfaces developed for the Bricktable interactive surface. Two key types of applications are addressed: user interfaces for artistic installation and interfaces for musical performance. In describing our software, we provide insight on the methodologies and practicalities of designing interactive musical systems for tabletop surfaces. Additionally, subtleties of working with custom-designed tabletop hardware are addressed.