Emerging Technologies
 
 
  > Presentations  
  > Emerging Technologies
   Committee
 
The Augmented Composer Project: The Music Table

In the Music Table, patterns of cards arranged on a tabletop become musical phrases. Completed phrases are stored on other cards and combined as larger patterns. Animated characters provide fun visual feedback as you edit and arrange phrases, making abstract musical structures both visible and tangible.

Innovation
The main innovation is the way the Music Table encourages the user to intuitively flip back and forth between different types of musical representations.

The core representation is the cards that are arranged to make the initial melody. Once the pattern is created and saved to a phrase card, the original cards become redundant and may be removed or re-used to make another pattern.

The absence of electronics or breakables in contact with the users allows for very young children to use the system. It could even be set up in a swimming pool as long as the camera can see the markings on the cards.

Vision
The Music Table will become a valuable educational tool, especially in situations where younger children are getting involved with computers and music. The simplicity of the interface lessens the frustration experienced by many in mastering the technique of playing an instrument. The Music Table lets people experience their own music as patterns in musical space.

Beyond that, people who become augmented composers through this kind of interface will find new paths to musical expression. By having a physical relationship to the abstract structure of music, the whole body is involved in the perception of patterns, so a different character of abstraction may develop. The absence of wires allows the interface to leave the desktop altogether. It can include the floor, the walls, and even clothing.

Goals
The Music Table will continue to evolve beyond its current state. In a scaled-up version for installation in a public place, large markers up to two meters across will be placed in an open space with a big screen. The current architecture is designed to allow two systems to connect via the internet, so two groups can jam from remote positions. This will open up some opportunities to study group-to-group remote collaboration and identify what peculiar needs might arise.

The next big challenge is to concatenate phrases into longer phrases which, in turn, can be further concatenated into still longer ones. This will necessitate a more elegant way of scaling up or down (zooming) the representation to cope with very large and very small musical units.

Contact
Rodney Berry
ATR Media Information Science Laboratories

Contributors
Rodney Berry
Takashi Furuya
Naoto Hikawa
Mao Makino
Makoto Tadenuma
ATR Media Information Science Laboratories




   presentations

   experiences    services
   > COURSES    > ACADEMIC EXHIBITS    > BIRDS OF A FEATHER  
   > EDUCATORS    > ART GALLERY    > GET INVOLVED  
      PROGRAM    > COMPUTER    > GRAPHICSNET  
   > EXHIBITOR TECH
      ANIMATION FESTIVAL    > INTERNATIONAL  
      TALKS    > EMERGING       RESOURCES  
   > INTRO TO
      TECHNOLOGIES    > PATHFINDERS  
      COMPUTER GRAPHICS    > sigKIDS      
   > KEYNOTE ADDRESS /
   > GUERILLA STUDIO      
      AWARDS          
   > PAPERS          
   > SKETCHES &          
      APPLICATIONS          
   > SPECIAL SESSIONS          
   > WEB GRAPHICS