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Zadel, Mark, Scavone, Gary

Different Strokes: A Prototype Software System for Laptop Performance and Improvisation

2006

Thursday 27 July 2006, by Rob Weale

In this paper, the authors note that the novelty of laptop performance is beginning to fade as audiences are becoming more critical of the lack of a sense of active creation during performance, and a visual connection between the laptop musician’s actions and the audio output. With the aim of addressing this issue, the authors present their progress in the design of a software interface that prohibits the use of predefined control sequences, but that facilitates the live creation of control sequences during performance through freehand drawing, a process that is also made visible to the audience.

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