Lectures

9/21/15

Examples Shown in Class:
Max Mathews Radio Baton Demo
Michael Waisvisz – the Hands

10/7/15

Brainstorm about ideal qualities in an instrument:
You can feel when it is wrong
Narrow range of timbres
Reproducible
Repeatable intervals
Definite Pitches
Multiple Techniques Possible
You don’t need to look at it.
Possible to create a mental map.
Different levels of virtuosity are possible
Requires continued practice.
Ability to hurt or get hurt.
Variations possible.
Bandwith efficiency
Helps you sound good.
Geometric arrangement of pitches.
Able to create gritty sounds.
Defaults to staccato
Gestures feel good
Gestures make you look good.
Coolness.
Works well with other musicians.
Doesn’t work well with other musicians.
Part of a longer signal flow
Creative conceptual cohesion
Sturdy
Appropriate number of controls
Melodic
Idiomatic
All sounds generated by physical input
Built for how your body works.
Ergonomic
Range of pitch
Polyponic
Manufacturable
Portable
Good visual feedback
Natural Tactile feedback
Manufactured Tactile feedback
Visual Elegance
Sounds like it looks
Wide range of timbres
Extended techniques possible
Unique timbre
Multi-use
Multiple mappings possible
Attention to detail

10/12/15

List of objects used in class:

noise~
plot~
scope~
pink~
rand~

biquad~

pass~

Source oscilators:
sine
tri
square

keyslider

mtof

function

line~
curve~

lores~

loadbang

preset

cycle~
sig~
vst~
poly~

adstatus.cpu

polygrain~

 

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