8 Interfacing: the use of the computer as a component


Chapter 7 described how the computer worked as a standalone component. However, few objects of any kind are useful if they operate entirely in isolation. It is their interaction with the environment in which they are immersed which makes them valuable. This is certainly true of computers. A machine which runs programs in splendid isolation without communicating with the outside world is in reality of no use at all.

In the case of music technology systems, interaction might mean collecting performance gestures from a musician's keyboard or other performance device, and translating this gestural information into corresponding sound through further interaction with a sound source. ...

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