Online Map Interface for Creative and Interactive

Park, Sihwa and Kim, Seunghun and Lee, Samuel and Yeo, Woon Seung

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper, we discuss the musical potential of COMPath — an online map based music-making tool — as a noveland unique interface for interactive music composition andperformance. COMPath provides an intuitive environmentfor creative music making by sonification of georeferenceddata. Users can generate musical events with simple andfamiliar actions on an online map interface; a set of local information is collected along the user-drawn route andthen interpreted as sounds of various musical instruments.We discuss the musical interpretation of routes on a map,review the design and implementation of COMPath, andpresent selected sonification results with focus on mappingstrategies for map-based composition.