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The Augmentalist: Enabling Musicians to Develop Augmented Musical Instruments

Dan Newton, Mark T. Marshall, The Augmentalist: Enabling Musicians to Develop Augmented Musical Instruments. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, pp. 249–252. January 2011. PDF, 1986 Kbytes. External information


We present the Augmentalist: a system that allows a musician to augment their existing musical instrument using a variety of sensors. This system is focused on the musician and their musical aims, rather than the sensor technology being used. The overall goal is to create allow musicians to easily explore new musical performance techniques with augmented musical instruments. We present the design process and implementation of the system, an example of an instrument developed by one of the 10 participating musicians and a discussion of a number of issues raised by the project, including musicians as designers, the potential for exploration and mastery and the transferability of instruments between performers.

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