Gesture and Morphology in Laptop Music Performance

Garth Paine

in The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199792030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Gesture and Morphology in Laptop Music Performance


This article discusses the design and development of new interfaces for electronic music performance for which the affordances inherent in the acoustic instrument move into the virtual. It gives particular attention to the way in which performative gestures are linked to principal control components used to shape the resultant sound properties in musical performance and outlines issues to do with authenticity and a perception of counterfeit musical performances using laptop computers. It gives a brief outline of the Thummer Mapping Project, presenting a model for musical control developed from a musician's perspective. It seeks to draw the research into approaches to mapping together with a consideration of phenomenology to understand better the conscious and unconscious nature of the engagement between a musician and the musician's instrument.

Keywords: electronic music performance; performative gestures; laptop computers; Thummer Mapping Project; phenomenology

Article.  7710 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Applied Music

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