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KISS2015 Presentations

Recordings from the four sessions of presentations at KISS 2015 in Bozeman Montana. A complete schedule of the seventh annual Kyma International Sound Symposium can be found at

KISS2015 -- A theory of electronic instruments: Joel Chadabe

With a historical perspective in mind and knowing that original electronic instruments are often inseparable from the music they produce, one might ask what are the possibilities in designing new instruments. One answer can emerge from a taxonomy of instrumental behavior from deterministic to interactive. Another answer might focus on performance, taking into account general system principles such as the connections between controls and variables. Yet another answer might speculate on the benefits to the performer in performing with a specific instrument. This talk, including stories, will attempt to describe the universe of choice in electronic instrument design.