The Imaginary Friend: Crossing Over Computer Scoring Techniques and Musical Expression.

Maria Kallionpaa, Hans-Peter Gasselseder

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The purpose of this paper is to provide theoretical knowledge on how the interactive music techniques usually associated with computer game music could benefit the classical music composers and performers (and vice versa). We will focuse on techniques used in procedural music. Certain interactive computer game scores and sound installations represent this genre, as well as electronic real-time-based compositions that may or may not require a human performer. In the context of interactive computer games, dynamic music systems directly react to the gamers´ actions. The authors´ aim was to find out how such systems could be used as part the electroacoustic composer´s technical and expressive vocabulary. Automatisation challenges the concept of form, rhythm, and harmony in a musical work. Instead of a closed entity, a dynamic music composition is a never-ending story with infinite number of alternatives, which is why such works get created again in every performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2016)
EditorsJonathan P. Bowen, Graham Diprose, Nick Lambert
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBCS Learning & Development Ltd
Publication date12 Jul 2016
ISBN (Print)9781780173443
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2016
EventEVA London 2016: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts - BCS, 1st Floor, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Jul 201613 Jul 2016


ConferenceEVA London 2016
LocationBCS, 1st Floor, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address
SeriesElectronic Workshops in Computing


  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Musical Games
  • Interactive Music Techniques


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  • EVA London 2016

    Hans-Peter Gasselseder (Speaker)

    12 Jul 201613 Jul 2016

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

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