New musical instrument design considerations

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This article discusses the proliferation of new musical instruments and interfaces for computer-based music performance (digital musical instruments). It discusses the notion of a musical instrument schema and how preexisting musical practice can be used to provide design guidelines for this developing field. In so doing, it teases out notions of control and creation and discusses a number of theoretical positions for those notions in musical performance. The author provides a model for musical interface design and discusses it in terms of a large online database of digital musical instruments he has created.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6674037
Pages (from-to)76-84
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Multimedia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • computer-based music
  • digital musical instruments
  • multimedia
  • multimedia applications
  • musical interface design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Media Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications


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