Nonlinear Dynamical Systems as Enablers of Exploratory Engagement with Musical Instruments

Mudd, Tom, Holland, Simon, Mulholland, Paul and Dalton, Nick (2014) Nonlinear Dynamical Systems as Enablers of Exploratory Engagement with Musical Instruments. In: INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces 2014, 20-23 November 2014, Lisbon.

mudd.pdf - Published Version

Download (291kB) | Preview
Official URL:


This paper presents a small scale study that examined links between the inclusion of nonlinear dynamical processes in musical tools and particular kinds of engagement. Communication-oriented attitudes to engagement that view the tool as a medium for transmission of ideas are contrasted with material-oriented attitudes that focus on the specific sonic properties and behaviours of a given tool, and the latter are linked to the inclusion of nonlinear dynamical elements. Methodological issues are raised and discussed, particularly with regard to the holistic nature of musical instruments, the difficulties of independently testing isolated design elements, and potential methods for addressing these difficulties.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nonlinear dynamical systems, engagement, exploration, mapping, free improvisation
Subjects: W300 Music
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 11:40
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 21:47

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Policies: NRL Policies | NRL University Deposit Policy | NRL Deposit Licence