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Conference Proceeding


Australasian Computer Music Association


Graduate Research School


Graduate Research School / Music Research Group




This article was originally published as: Herrington, J., & Vickery, L. (2011). Musical parameter manipulation possibilities of a homemade reacTable. Paper presented at the Organic Sounds in Live Electroacoustic Music: 2011 Australasian Computer Music Conference, School of Music, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.


Musical parameter control is an important part of live interactive electronic computer music. Due to the increasing availability and affordability of music technology, including powerful computer software, advances in this area are being made to enable easier and more effective parameter control. The purpose of this paper is to investigate and discuss the musical parameter manipulation possibilities of a homemade instrument with a tangible tabletop interface based on the technology of the reacTable. The design and construction of the instrument is documented, including the physical build as well as the software component of the system, which incorporates the computer software ReacTIVision, Max/MSP and Reason. The core of the paper discusses parameter manipulation abilities by way of a comparison between two controllers: the homemade instrument and the Korg nanoKONTROL. Mapping strategies – in an interactive music sense – are explored in detail, while the execution and capabilities of parameter control by use of the physical interface devices of the two controllers are assessed.

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