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Peter Manning

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.001.0001

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Performance Controllers, Evolution and Change

Performance Controllers, Evolution and Change

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(p.450) 24 Performance Controllers, Evolution and Change
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Electronic and Computer Music
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Peter Manning

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.003.0024

The adoption of the keyboard as the primary input and control device for commercial electronic and computer music systems has had a material influence on the composition and performance of electronic and computer music over the years. This important interface, however, offers only a limited set of possibilities for human expression, and a number of alternative performance controllers have been developed, both commercial and non-commercial. Although many of these controllers have been MIDI-based, a number have taken advantage of the further refinements possible by using more sophisticated methods of data capture and control. Advances in digital technology since the turn of the century have allowed the design principles of many earlier products to be revisited and embedded in a significantly expanded repertory of performance devices, and it is the development of the associated technologies that form the central focus of this chapter.

Keywords:   Chapter keywords: keyboard, interface, human expression, performance controllers

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