Textural Crossfader

Blessing, Matthew and Berdahl, Edgar

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

A LapBox derivative, the Textural Crossfader is a keyboard-based embedded acoustic instrument, which sits comfortably across the performer’s lap and radiates sound out of integrated stereo speakers. The performer controls the sound by manipulating the keys on a pair of mini-keyboard interfaces. A unique one-to-one mapping enables the performer to precisely crossfade among a set of looped audio wave files, creating a conveniently portable system for navigating through a complex timbre space. The axes of the timbre space can be reconfigured by replacing the wave files stored in the flash memory.