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bf-pd: Enabling Mediated Communication and Cooperation in Improvised Digital Orchestras

Abstract : Digital musical instruments enable new musical collaboration possibilities, extending those of acoustic ensembles. However, the use of these new possibilities remains constrained due to a lack of a common terminology and technical framework for implementing them. Bf-pd is a new software library built in the PureData (Pd) language which enables communication and cooperation between digital instruments. It is based on the BOEUF conceptual framework which consists of a classification of modes of collaboration used in collective music performance, and a set of components which affords them. Bf-pd can be integrated into any digital instrument built in Pd, and provides a “collaboration window” from which musicians can easily view each others’ activity and share control of instrument parameters and other musical data. We evaluate the implementation and design of bf-pd through workshops and a preliminary study and discuss its impact on collaboration within improvised ensembles of digital instruments.
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Luke Dahl, Florent Berthaut, Antoine Nau, Patricia Plénacoste. bf-pd: Enabling Mediated Communication and Cooperation in Improvised Digital Orchestras. Mitsuko Aramaki; Matthew E. P. Davies; Richard Kronland-Martinet; Sølvi Ystad. Music Technology with Swing, 11265, Springer, pp.454-467, 2018, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 978-3-030-01691-3. ⟨hal-01989776⟩



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