Gesture and Morphology in Laptop Music Performance

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Computer Music
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940233
ISBN (Print)9780199792030
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Electronic music performance
  • Laptop computers
  • Performative gestures
  • Phenomenology
  • Thummer mapping project

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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