Towards a Coherent Terminology and Model of Instrument Description and Design

Kvifte, Tellef and Jensenius, Alexander Refsum

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper discusses the need for a framework for describing musical instruments and their design, and discusses some possible elements in such a framework. The framework is meant as an aid in the development of a coherent terminology for describing, comparing and discussing different musical instruments and musical instrument designs. Three different perspectives are presented; that of the listener, the performer, and the constructor, and various levels of descriptions are introduced.