Mathews, Max V.


The Radio Baton and Conductor Program, or: Pitch, the Most Important and Least Expressive Part of Music

Computer Music Journal: Vol. 15, No. 4. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 37-46.


Language(s): English


Historical Electroacoustic Devices Historical Electroacoustic Instruments Interactive Instruments Live Electronics Real-time


In this article, the author discusses the implications of a new way of performing music that has been made possible by real-time computer information processing. He briefly reviews the characteristics of his interactive performance system - the Conductor program and its associated device, the radio baton - in order to contextualise his speculative reflection on the possibilities, problems and questions raised by computer programs that are designed to aid performers in achieving expressive performances.