Designing Constraints: Composing and Performing with Digital Musical Systems

  title={Designing Constraints: Composing and Performing with Digital Musical Systems},
  author={Thor Magnusson},
  journal={Computer Music Journal},
This paper investigates two central terms in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) – affordances and constraints – and studies their relevance to the design and understanding of digital musical systems. It argues that in the analysis of complex systems, such as new interfaces for musical expression (NIME), constraints are a more productive analytical tool than the common HCI usage of affordances. Constraints are seen as limitations enabling the musician to encapsulate a specific search space of both… 
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