Appleton, Jon


21st-Century Musical Instruments: Hardware and Software

Brooklyn: Institute for Studies in American Music.

Language(s): English


Controller Interface Electroacoustic Instruments Historical Electroacoustic Instruments MIDI Listening Experience Computer Music Digital Music


In the first part, the author analyses the relationships between performance, composers’ works, the listening experience, several electroacoustic instruments (Theremin, Ondes Martenot, syntheziser, electric guitar), electroacoustic devices, and controller interfaces. The second part explains opportunities offered by new electroacoustic instruments: musical context of the inventor, composers’, manufacturers’ and studios’ requirements, and the author’s musical experiences.

Table of Contents:

  1. Composing for new musical instruments
  2. Creating new musical instruments

All references of the same author:


Appleton, Jon (1984). Live and In Concert: Composer/Performer Views of Real-Time Performance Systems
Appleton, Jon (1986). The Computer and Live Musical Performance
Appleton, Jon (1990). Composer pour des nouveaux instruments
Appleton, Jon (1996). Musical Storytelling
Appleton, Jon (1999). Reflexions of a Former Performer of Electroacoustic Music


Appleton, Jon (1990). Composer pour des nouveaux instruments