Control Strategies for Navigation of Complex Sonic Spaces Transformation of Resonant Models

Van Nort, Doug and Wanderley, Marcelo M.

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper describes musical experiments aimed at designing control structures for navigating complex and continuous sonic spaces. The focus is on sound processing techniques which contain a high number of control parameters,and which exhibit subtle and interesting micro-variationsand textural qualities when controlled properly. The examples all use a simple low-dimensional controller — a standard graphics tablet — and the task of initimate and subtle textural manipulations is left to the design of proper mappings,created using a custom toolbox of mapping functions. Thiswork further acts to contextualize past theoretical results bythe given musical presentations, and arrives at some conclusions about the interplay between musical intention, controlstrategies and the process of their design.