TitleAn Enactive Approach to Computer Music Performance
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsWessel, D
Secondary AuthorsOrlarey, Y

Experimental computer music performance practices designed from an enactive view of musical perception, cognition, and motor control are described. The enactive view emphasizes the role of sensory-motor engagement in musical experience. The enabling elements required for the approach include, rich and precise gestural interfaces, connectivity devices, real-time gesture analysis and mapping software, richly controlled sound synthesis and processing, and the composition of musical worlds in the form of generative algorithms worthy of extensive exploration. These practices in human-instrument symbiosis require a commitment on the part of musicians to develop both refined motor skills and engagement in the development and refinement of real-time software.