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Sidney Fels <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:07:58 -0800
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Hi Everyone,

Have you ever wanted to build your own musical interface to express yourself in new ways? Have you always thought that advances in musical expression are at the core of developing human civiliation? Have you wanted to know the latest HCI research in new interfaces for musical expression (NIME)? If so, this course is for you! 

Please join us and register at: <>
Cost is only $25 with your CHI registration. Don't forget that early bird registration deadline for CHI is March 6. The course will be on Wed. Apr 22 from 9:30-12:50 in room 317A.

More information is at the CHI course website: <>

Please send us email if you have questions.

See you at CHI!
Michael and Sid


Benefits: This course provides a gentle and fun introduction to the practice of musical interface design. Participants will gain sufficient knowledge of tools and methods to start their own projects.

Description: This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of musical interface design. Our target audience consists of those who are interested in starting projects relating to music technology. Those with a general interest are also welcome. Participants will learn key aspects of the theory and practice of musical interface design by studying case studies and practical know-how sourced mainly from the leading conference in this area, known as "New Interfaces for Musical Expression" or NIME. Advances in digital audio technologies have led to a situation where computers play a role in most music production and performance. Digital technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for the creation and manipulation of sound, however the flexibility of these new technologies implies a confusing array of choices for musical composers and performers. Some artists have faced this challenge by using computers directly to create music. However, most would agree that the computer is not a musical instrument, in the same sense as traditional instruments, and it is natural to ask "how to play the computer" using interface technology appropriate for human brains and bodies. In two eighty minute sessions we will introduce an approach to the design of musical interfaces. The first session is presented in lecture format with many video demonstrations of musical interfaces. The second session illustrates the design and prototyping process with case studies, and continues with live demonstrations of hardware and software tools used for musical interface projects. The course concludes with a group design exercise in which attendees will sketch their original ideas for new musical interfaces. The course is aimed at beginners but more experienced participants will have plenty to explore. Familiarity with basic aspects of interactive media will be helpful, however there are no specific technical prerequisites. No background in music or computer audio is assumed.
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