Digital Musical Instrument Design in the McGill Digital Orchestra and "Les Gestes" projects
18th decembre 2012, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Salle 435, PCRI (how to get there ?)
In this talk I will discuss the design of Digital Musical Instruments (DMIs), focusing on two long-term, inter-disciplnary projects carried out at McGill University: The McGill Digital Orchestra, involving composers, performers and instrument designers (2005-2008) and the project "Les Gestes", involving a choreographer, composers and instrument designers (2010-ongoing). Given their unique contexts, both projects placed strong requirements on the design of DMIs. I will discuss these requirements and the proposed design solutions, including the development of software tools to facilitate the prototyping of the mapping layer between sensor outputs and sound synthesis parameters (LibMapper).
Marcelo Mortensen Wanderley holds a Ph.D. degree from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France, on acoustics, signal processing, and computer science applied to music. His main research interests include gestural control of sound synthesis, input device design and evaluation, and the use of sensors and actuators in digital musical instruments. Dr. Wanderley chaired 2003 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression and co-authored the textbook “New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard”, A-R Editions. He is currently William Dawson Scholar and Associate Professor in Music Technology at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, where he directs the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).