The 38th International Conference And Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

Advances in New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Tuesday, 9 August 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm | West Building, Rooms 118-120

Advances in digital audio technologies have led to computers playing a role in most music production and performance. Digital technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for creation and manipulation of sound, but the flexibilty of these new technologies provides an often confusing array of choices for composers and performers. A decade ago, the presenters of this course organized the first workshop on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), to clarify this situation by exploring connections with the better-established field of human-computer interaction.

The course summarizes what has been learned at NIME. Topics include the theory and practice of new musical-interface design, mapping from human action to musical output, control intimacy, tools for creating musical interfaces, sensors and microcontrollers, audio synthesis techniques, and communication protocols such as Open Sound Control (and MIDI). The course presents several case studies focused on the major broad themes of the NIME conference, including augmented and sensor-based instruments, mobile and networked music, and NIME pedagogy.


2 pm
Introduction to NIME Tools, Design, and Aesthetics
Fels & Lyons

2:10 pm
Module 1: Building a NIME

2:40 pm
Module 2: Camera-Based Interfaces

3 pm
Module 3: Design & Aesthetics of NIME

3:20 pm

3:50 pm
Module 4: NIME After NIME: Case Studies

4:20 pm
Module 5: NIME Theory

4:40 pm
Module 6: NIME Education

4:50 pm
Concluding Remarks
Fels & Lyons

5 pm




Familiarity with the basics of interactive media.

Intended Audience

Interaction designers, artists, and academic and industry researchers who have a general interest in interaction techniques for musical expression.


Michael Lyons
Ritsumeikan University

Sidney Fels
The University of British Columbia