On MetaControl

2016, Alberto de Campo

The notion of MetaControl occurred to me while I was collaborating on the modality toolkit, a software library based on the idea of highly modal interfaces/instruments, i.e. setups where a small number of physical interfaces can access and control a variety of processes in a great variety of ways.
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On hacking instruments

2015, Victor Zappi, Andrew McPherson

Many digital musical instruments (DMIs) are created every year, but very few of them have a long life and a wide diffusion. Even within the relatively small DMI performer community, it is common to see a beautifully crafted design being put aside when a new technology is made available. By contrast, familiar acoustic and electric instruments have acquired their current identity through generations of design revisions and performance practice. Why is it so common that even the best DMIs disappear after a few performances, or at best, are used in the longer term by only a handful of musicians? Continue reading