Authors:Andy Hunt, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Matthew Paradis
Publication or Conference Title:Journal of New Music Research
This paper presents a review of a series of experiments which have contributed towards the understanding of the mapping layer in electronic instruments. It challenges the assumption that an electronic instrument consists solely of an interface and a sound generator. It emphasises the importance of the mapping between input parameters and sound parameters, and suggests that this can define the very essence of an instrument. The terms involved with mapping are defined, and existing literature reviewed and summarised. A model for understanding the design of such mapping strategies for electronic instruments is put forward, along with a roadmap of ongoing research focussing on the testing and evaluation of such mapping strategies.