Magnusson, Thor


Screen-Based Musical Interfaces as Semiotic Machines

In Proceedings of the 2006 Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME-06). Paris, France: 162-167.

Language(s): English


Interactivity Graphic Interface Interactive Instruments Semiotics


In this paper, the author discusses the theoretical background that underlies the design of the ixi software system, a series of fifteen screen-based virtual interfaces for musical performance on computers. Likening the design of such interfaces to that of creating a semiotic system, the author presents the terminology of ixi’s semantics - a language that suggests to the musician what the functionality of each interface element is, and what it signifies in a musical context.