Saxophone augmentation: an hybrid augmented system of gestual symbiosis

Henrique Portovedo, Paulo Ferreira Lopes, Ricardo Mendes

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This paper discusses a two-layer augmentation strategy applied to a saxophone. Augmented instruments are defined as "acoustic (sometimes electric) musical instruments extended by the addition of several sensors, providing performers the ability to control extra sound or musical parameters". The first layer of augmentation is directly connected to the instrument and is based on several sensors (ribbon, trigger, pressure, accelerometer, gyroscope and keypad). The second layer is associated to the performer, who wears a MYO Armband. The second layer, devised initially to capture gestural data, is used to provide information for musical communication and creation, as performer gestures are perceived by the audience at the same time as they characterise and distinguish performer strategies. This paper also explores how this system can serve for the adaptation of existing pieces using electronics and external devices. Finally, we discuss how notation and composition are affected by this type of instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARTECH 2017 - Interfaces of Tomorrow
Subtitle of host publication8th International Conference on Digital Arts - Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450352734
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2017
Event8th International Conference on Digital Arts, ARTECH 2017 - Macau, China
Duration: 6 Sept 20178 Sept 2017

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
VolumePart F130947


Conference8th International Conference on Digital Arts, ARTECH 2017


  • Augmented instruments
  • Gestural interaction
  • Live electronics
  • Saxophone


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