Gestural Mappings: towards the creation of a three dimensional composition environment

Stephen Pearse

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The creation of the UPIC system by Iannis Xenakis [6,
pp.331-335] marked a highly evocative period in his compositional
career in synthesizing and exploring directly,
physical drawings and gestures. Since that date, few gestural
based compositional tools have been created and explored
by composers of contemporary Instrumental, Electronic
or Acousmatic music. In the last couple of years society
has seen the commercial sale of several inexpensive
gestural based controllers for video game systems that allow
the exploration and mapping of physical movements
onto DSP (Digital Signal Processing). It has been documented
for many years that more sensitive computer interfaces
is one of the most important fields of research [3,
p.209], however, few have used such hardware in a serious
compositional sense. This initial investigation into the
control of DSP and synthesis using physical movements
and gestures is part of the ongoing research of the author
into the creation of a fully dynamic three-dimensional
composition environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Computer Music Conference
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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