New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference

Hans Tammen performing at The Edge in Brisbane. Photo: The Edge / ABC

IDEA: Musicians and their machines gather in Brisbane to create sounds of the future.

WHAT: Virtual-reality orchestras, solar-powered music boxes and singing glass bottles have taken over the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, as Brisbane plays host to music geeks from around the world. Musicians, lecturers and academics have attended the NIME conference, exploring the design of human-computer interfaces and interactions for musical performance. Previously held in London, the five-day conference included workshops covering digital musical instrument design, creating 'musebots' and putting music into different environments. One of last years most successful new musical interfaces was the Aero Drum, which follows your drum moves in the air using a Playstation camera to real-time produce the drum sounds you intend to play.

WHY: People's perceptions of instruments had changed with musicians adding DIY controllers and unique hardware to their performances, including virtual technology. Inventing new musical instruments helps pushing these boundaries, 

BY: New Interfaces for Musical Expression, #NIME2016

The Phoenix show how they use different interfaces within their music. Photo: Adam Thomas / ABC

Already book a hotel in Copenhagen, because next year the NIME will be held at the Aalborg University Copenhagen in Denmark, in collaboration with The Royal Library (The Black Diamond) and The Royal Danish Academy of Music. See introduction video here: