EMIC - Compositional experiments and real-time mapping issues in performance

Hewitt, Donna G. (2003) EMIC - Compositional experiments and real-time mapping issues in performance. In Vickery, Lindsay (Ed.) Australasian Computer Music Association Conference 2003 - Converging Technologies, 5th - 7th July 2003, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.



This paper discusses the development of a gestural controller interface for contemporary vocal performance and electronic processing called the eMic (extended Mic-stand interface controller). This instrument is a modified microphone stand, custom fitted with an array of sensors and gesture capturing devices aimed at capturing commonly used gestures and movements of vocal performers who use microphones and microphone stands in performance. These common gestures were discussed in an earlier paper prepared for the New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference 2003 (Hewitt and Stevenson) and it was seen that the gestures form the basis of a well-practiced language and social code for communication between performers and audiences. The microphone itself has become a performance tool of the contemporary vocalist and a means for extending the voice as an instrument. The eMic aims to further facilitate the performer by giving them more flexibility and control over the processing and sound of their voice in a live context. This paper explores the mapping process, early compositional experiments and the use of the eMic in live performance, identifying the successes and shortcomings of the interface and areas for possible exploration and further development.

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ID Code: 9383
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Human Computer Interaction, Alternate controller, gesture, gestural controller, electronic music, voice, vocal processing, live performance, real, time processing
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Donna G. Hewitt
Deposited On: 13 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:42

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