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Title: The Computer Music Designer in the context of physical computing and interactive instrument design
Authors: Gourtani, Ardeshir M.
Advisors: Harrison, C. F.
Walshe, J
Keywords: Physical computing;Computer Music Designer;Max MSP;Interactive Instrument Design;Réalisateur en Informatique Musicale (RIM)
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Brunel University London
Abstract: This thesis explores the role of the Computer Music Designer in the development of interactive instruments within the context of collaborative work with other creative artists. The recent development of physical computing and the devices and techniques associated with human/computer interactivity has had a strong influence on the place the CMD occupies in a creative project. My thesis presents a selection of unique projects undertaken during the course of my research in order to further establish the role the CMD plays in collaborative creations, in particular how this figure can shape innovation through Max programming, data manipulation, interface design. Recent studies have established the CMD’s highly specialised role in collaborative work and their capacity to harness musical experiences as a performer and composer with special technology and technical skills. This submission extends research in this area by focusing on the role of the CMD as a creator of interactive sensor-based digital instruments influenced by advances in physical computing technologies. I present the hidden creative process of collaborative projects as well as emerging technology and digital tools through the production process of selected bespoke projects. As well as taking into consideration the important place of collaboration in the development of computer music creation, the thesis also scrutinises the collaborative process between the CMD and other creative artists working in more established roles, arguing that a wider appreciation of the new forms of musical expression offered by emerging technology continues to present challenges in collaborative work and that these necessitate the specialist skills of the CMD.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the award of Doctor of Philosophy and was awarded by Brunel University London
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Dept of Arts and Humanities Theses

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