Author: Smulovitz, Stefan
The Mad Scientist Machine is a software/hardware system allowing a user (conductor/composer) to organize a group of players in a structured improvised performance. A local or remote user can utilize the software to control an LED light that is placed in front of each performer. Each colour indicates a different performance instruction. For instance, white signals long tones, whereas green indicates to play noise. The Mad Scientist Machine is an experiment at creating a balance between freedom and structure and at the same time creates a window for the audience into the process of improvisation in music. Transforming a composer’s ideas into specific light cues for an ensemble of players, the Mad Scientist Machine is a combination of a game structure and compositional system.
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