Dynamic Patches for Live Musical Performance

Kaltenbrunner, Martin and Geiger, Günter and Jordà, Sergi

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This article reflects the current state of the reacTable* project,an electronic music instrument with a tangible table-basedinterface, which is currently under development at theAudiovisual Institute at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In thispaper we are focussing on the issue of Dynamic Patching,which is a particular and unique aspect of the sound synthesisand control paradigms of the reacTable*. Unlike commonvisual programming languages for sound synthesis, whichconceptually separate the patch building process from theactual musical performance, the reacTable* combines theconstruction and playing of the instrument in a unique way.The tangible interface allows direct manipulation control overany of the used building blocks, which physically representthe whole synthesizer function.