The prehistory of Multitouch and Tangible Computing: Electronic Musical Instruments from 1890's to 1970's
The prehistory of Multitouch and Tangible Computing:Electronic Musical Instruments from 1890's to 1970
Adrian Freed and Bill Buxton
This presentation will cover the earliest electric and electronic instruments and by pairing contemporary touch interfaces with their musical predecessors we will see how much ground musicians turned over in the quest for greater microtonal pitch control, timbral resources and greater control of musical structure.
Unusual Instruments covered include the Trautonium, Hellertion, Ondes Martenot, and Theremin Cello.
Bill Buxton will describe his time in the same lab as Hugh Lecaine and his work at Queens University and University of Toronto.
As well as rare archival film and images, we will conclude with demonstrations of the latest touch controlled musical instruments including David Wessel's Slab, CNMAT's new chordophone controllers and unusual controllers from CNMAT's extensive collection.