Authors:Benjamin Lavastre, Marcelo M. Wanderley
Publication or Conference Title:Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR)
The karlax is a gestural controller developed around 2010. Since its inception, it arose substantial interest among composers and continues to be commonly used in solo and group performances. One of the reasons for its longevity is its great adaptability especially in interaction with acoustic instruments. This article analyses six chamber music pieces for karlax and acoustic instruments by comparing the sensitive result (sound and visual) and the writing process (scores, patches, and mapping). We discuss different composition strategies through the use of interaction metaphors from the computer music literature. These metaphors prove to be powerful analysis tools that allow describing the use of a digital music instrument (DMI), such as the karlax, in a chamber music context.