Pin & Play & Perform: A rearrangeable interface for musical composition and performance

Villar, Nicolas and Lindsay, Adam T. and Gellersen, Hans

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

We present the Pin&Play&Perform system: an interface inthe form of a tablet on which a number of physical controlscan be added, removed and arranged on the fly. These controls can easily be mapped to existing music sofware usingthe MIDI protocol. The interface provides a mechanism fordirect manipulation of application parameters and eventsthrough a set of familiar controls, while also encouraging ahigh degree of customisation through the ability to arrange,rearrange and annotate the spatial layout of the interfacecomponents on the surface of the tablet.The paper describes how we have realized this concept using the Pin&Play technology. As an application example, wedescribe our experiences in using our interface in conjunction with Propellerheads’ Reason, a popular piece of musicsynthesis software.