CMS - invited lecture series #4
curated by Andreas Weixler
Atelier Avant Austria

Tangible Musical Interfaces

Univ. Prof. Martin Kaltenbrunner  (InterfaceCulture, Kunstuniversität Linz)

Dienstag, 5.April.2011
im Lehrstudio des CMS - Computer Music Studio,
11 - 13 Uhr
Sandgasse 14, Linz, Anton-Bruckner Privatuniversität
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Tangible Musical Interfaces

Tangible Musical Interfaces ( have become an emerging paradigm for the design of electronic musical instruments. In his presentation Martin Kaltenbrunner will introduce the basic concepts of tangible interaction and briefly discuss the history of electronic music leading to the development of novel controllers and musical artefacts, which intend to overcome the limitations of the laptop as primary tool for contemporary electronic
music practice. Along with several unique instrument examples from the past decade, this talk will also provide a perspective on the development of the Reactable and its fundamental concepts, including a hands-on demonstration of the instrument.

Martin Kaltenbrunner

( is currently Professor at
the Interface Culture Lab ( within the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz. His research concentrates on tangible user interfaces and the development of novel human computer interaction concepts within open tools for creative production. As co-founder of Reactable Systems ( he had been mainly working on the interaction design of the Reactable - an electronic musical instrument with a tangible user interface. He is author of the open source tangible interaction framework reacTIVision ( and the related TUIO protocol (, which have been widely adopted for the realization of tangible tabletop applications.

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