TOUCHtr4ck: democratic collaborative music

Xambó, Anna; Laney, Robin and Dobbyn, Chris (2011). TOUCHtr4ck: democratic collaborative music. In: TEI '11 Fifth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, 23-26 Jan 2011, Funchal, Portugal.




When electronic musicians compose collaboratively, they typically use their own single-user musical controllers. It may, therefore, be useful to develop novel controllers that support collaborative workflows and democratic principles. After describing the design principles for developing such controllers, we present TOUCHtr4ck, a prototype multi-touch system designed to facilitate such democratic relationships. Informal testing has revealed that this approach does facilitate democratic and collaborative music making, and can produce creative musical results.

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