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On the playing of monodic pitch in digital music instrument

On the playing of monodic pitch in digital music instrument

Goudard, Vincent, Genevois, Hugues and Feugère, Lionel ORCID: 0000-0003-0883-5224 (2014) On the playing of monodic pitch in digital music instrument. In: 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC). Michigan Publishing, Athens, pp. 1418-1425.

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Abstract

This paper addresses the issue of controlling monodic pitch in digital musical instruments (DMIs), with a focus on instruments for which the pitch needs to be played with accuracy. Indeed, in many cultures, music is based on discrete sets of ordered notes called scales, so the need to control pitch has a predominant role in acoustical instruments as well as in most of the DMIs. But the freedom of param- eter mapping allowed by computers, as well as the wide range of interfaces, opens a large variety of strategies to control pitch in the DMIs. Without pretending to be exhaustive, our paper aims to draw up a general overview of this subject. It includes: 1) a review of interfaces to produce discrete and/or continuous pitch 2) a review of DMI maker strategies to help the performer for controlling easily and accurately the pitch 3) some developments from the authors concerning interfaces and mapping strategies for continuous pitch control 4) some comparisons with acoustical instruments. At last, a Max/MSP patch —publically available— is provided to support the discussion by allow- ing the reader to test some of the pitch control strategies reviewed in this paper.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC)
Additional Information: Copyright: © 2014 First author et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital musical instrument, pitch, gestural control, mapping
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Last Modified: 19 May 2019 20:03
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/23561

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