The MATRIX: A New Musical Instrument for Interactive Performance


The MATRIX (Multipurpose Array of Tactile Rods for Interactive eXpression) is a new musical instrument for amateurs and professionals alike. It gives musicians a 3dimensional tangible interface to control music using their hand(s), and can either be used in conjunction with a traditional musical instrument and a microphone, or as a stand-alone gestural input device. The surface of the MATRIX acts as a real-time interface that can manipulate parameters of a synthesis engine or effect algorithm in response to a performer's expressive gestures. One example uses the rods of the MATRIX control the individual grains of a granular synthesizer, thereby sonically ‘sculpting’ the microstructure of a sound. In this way, the MATRIX provides an intuitive method of manipulating sound with a very high level of real-time control.

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@inproceedings{Overholt2001TheMA, title={The MATRIX: A New Musical Instrument for Interactive Performance}, author={Dan Overholt}, booktitle={ICMC}, year={2001} }