Weinberg, Gil


Local Performance Networks: musical interdependency through gestures and controllers

Organised Sound: Vol. 10, No. 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 255-266.

URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=OSO

Language(s): English


Electroacoustic Devices Controller Gestural Interface Interactive Instruments


Informed by a proposed theoretical framework for the field of interconnected musical networks (Weinberg 2005), I describe a set of local musical networks that utilise novel gestural controllers for interdependent collaborative performance. The paper begins by contextualising developments in the field of musical networks in correlation with development of technological innovations, leading to the utilisations of gestural controllers in local musical networks. This introduction leads to the definition and categorisation of theoretical and practical approaches for the design of local gestural networks, addressing motivations, social strategies, network architectures, musical content, and control software and hardware. Based on this theoretical framework I describe the evolution of four local musical networks that utilise newly developed gestural controllers, titled ‘Squeezables’, ‘Musical Fireflies’, ‘Beatbugs’ and ‘Voice Patterns’. The paper discusses the design and development process of these projects and ends with a comparative analysis of the networks and controllers based on conceptual and practical criteria.

All references of the same author:


Weinberg, Gil (2002a). Playpens, Fireflies and Squeezables: New Musical Instruments for Bridging the Thoughtful and the Joyful
Weinberg, Gil (2002b). The Aesthetics, History, and Future Challenges of Interconnected Music Networks
Weinberg, Gil (2005a). Interconnected Musical Networks: Toward a Theoretical Framework
Weinberg, Gil (2005b). Voice Networks: The Human Voice as a Creative Medium for Musical Collaboration