Whalley, Ian


PIWeCS: Enhancing human/machine agency in an interactive composition system

Organised Sound: Vol. 9 no. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 167-174.

URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/jid_OSO

Language(s): English


Mapping Sound Shaping Interactivity Digital Aesthetics Internet Music


This paper focuses on the infrastructure and aesthetic approach used in PIWeCS: a Public Space Interactive Web-based Composition System. The concern was to increase the sense of dialogue between human and machine agency in an interactive work by adapting Paine’s (2002) notion of a conversational model of interaction as a ‘complex system’. The machine implementation of PIWeCS is achieved through integrating intelligent agent programming with MAX/MSP. Human input is through a web infrastructure. The conversation is initiated and continued by participants through arrangements and composition based on short performed samples of traditional New Zealand Maori instruments. The system allows the extension of a composition through the electroacoustic manipulation of the source material.

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Whalley, Ian (1999). Beyond Pitch/Duration Scoring: Towards A System Dynamics Model Of Electroacoustic Music
Whalley, Ian (2000). Applications of System Dynamics Modelling to Computer Music
Whalley, Ian (2005). Traditional New Zealand Mäori Instruments, Composition and Digital Technology: Some recent collaborations and processes