An Approach to Collaborative Music Composition

Klügel, Niklas and Frieß, Marc R. and Groh, Georg and Echtler, Florian

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper provides a discussion of how the electronic, solely ITbased composition and performance of electronic music can besupported in realtime with a collaborative application on a tabletopinterface, mediating between single-user style music compositiontools and co-located collaborative music improvisation. After having elaborated on the theoretical backgrounds of prerequisites ofco-located collaborative tabletop applications as well as the common paradigms in music composition/notation, we will review related work on novel IT approaches to music composition and improvisation. Subsequently, we will present our prototypical implementation and the results.