Don’t Forget the Laptop: Using Native Input Capabilities for Expressive Musical Control

Fiebrink, Rebecca; Wang, Ge and Cook, Perry R.. 2007. 'Don’t Forget the Laptop: Using Native Input Capabilities for Expressive Musical Control'. In: International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. New York, NY, United States 7-9 June 2007. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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We draw on our experiences with the Princeton Laptop Orchestra to discuss novel uses of the laptop’s native physical inputs for flexible and expressive control. We argue that instruments designed using these built-in inputs offer benefits over custom standalone controllers, particularly in certain group performance settings; creatively thinking about native capabilities can lead to interesting and unique new interfaces. We discuss a variety of example instruments that use the laptop’s native capabilities and suggest avenues for future work. We also describe a new toolkit for rapidly experimenting with these capabilities.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

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Computing > Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group (EAVI)


31 January 2007Accepted

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New York, NY, United States

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7-9 June 2007

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07 Jan 2019 10:17

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29 Apr 2020 17:03


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