The ixi Instruments as Semiotic Machines

Thor Magnusson

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The ixi software project started in 2000 with the intention to explore new interactive patterns and virtual interfaces in computer music software. The aim of this paper is not to describe these programs, as they have been described elsewhere [14][15], but rather explicate the theoretical background that underlies the design of these screen-based instruments. After an analysis of the similarities and differences in the design of acoustic and screen-based instruments, the paper describes how the creation of an interface is essentially the creation of a semiotic system that affects and influences the musician and the composer. Finally the terminology of this semiotics is explained as an interaction model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference for New Instruments for Musical Expression
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Conference for New Instruments for Musical Expression - Paris, France
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference for New Instruments for Musical Expression
Period1/01/06 → …


  • Interfaces, interaction design, HCI, semiotics, actors, OSC, mapping, interaction models, creative tools.


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