Cognitive Dimensions of Modular Noise Improvisation

James Noble

The availability, affordability, and portability of Eurorack format modular synthesizers has lead to an increase in their use in live, improvised performance. Decreasing prices and physical size, coupled with increasing reliability has meant modulars are finally leaving the studio and appearing on stage. While modular synthesizers are typically prepatched (configured at leisure) ahead of time, synthesists are increasingly livepatching — wiring up a modular as an integral part of their performance practice. This paper uses the cognitive dimensions framework to analyse the programmatic content of modular livepatching, in the context of the author’s experience with modular synthesizers for performing improvised noise.

Type of Publication: Paper
Conference: PPIG 2019 - 30th Annual Conference
Publication Year: 2019
TitleCognitive Dimensions of Modular Noise Improvisation
Publication TypePaper
AuthorsNoble, J
PPIG Workshop: 
2019-08-30th