Title: Visual music instrument

Authors: Aleksandra Dulic, Keith Hamel

Addresses: Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre, University of British Columbia, Forest Sciences Centre Building, FSC 3640-2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada. ' School of Music, University of British Columbia, 6361 Memorial Rd., Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada

Abstract: Innovations in form and technology are fuelling the contemporary experimentation with musical, visual art and animation. The visual music expression through interactive computational media unites music, visual art and animation both in terms of their phenomenal experience and in terms of their elementary structure that consists of flexible and dynamic information flows and code. The flexibility and dynamism of coded processes readily support both performance and improvisation within interactive visual music and provides exciting compositional and expressive opportunities. In our visual music work, synaesthetic composition, computational expression and the dynamics of performance provide three elementary research axes.

Keywords: audio-visual counterpoint; correlated audio-visual composition; modular software design; visual music composition; visual music genealogy; visual music instruments; visual art; animation; interactive visual music; interactive multimedia; information flows; coding; synaesthetic composition; computational expression; performance dynamics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2009.024055

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2009 Vol.2 No.1/2, pp.22 - 39

Published online: 24 Mar 2009 *

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