Responsive Music Interfaces for Performance

Reben, Alexander and Laibowitz, Mat and Paradiso, Joseph A.

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this project we have developed reactive instruments for performance. Reactive instruments provide feedback for the performer thereby providing a more dynamic experience. This is achieved through the use of haptics and robotics. Haptics provide a feedback system to the control surface. Robotics provides a way to actuate the instruments and their control surfaces. This allows a highly coordinated "dance" between performer and the instrument. An application for this idea is presented as a linear slide interface. Reactive interfaces represent a dynamic way for music to be portrayed in performance.