The Bucket System — A computer mediated signalling system for group improvisation

Dahlstedt, Palle and Nilsson, Per Anders and Robair, Gino

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The Bucket System is a new system for computer-mediated ensemble improvisation, designed by improvisers for improvisers. Coming from a tradition of structured free ensemble improvisation practices (comprovisation), influenced by post-WW2 experimental music practices, it is a signaling system implemented with a set of McMillen QuNeo controllers as input and output interfaces, powered by custom software. It allows for a new kind of on-stage compositional/improvisation interaction.