Ten Years of Musical Tablet Interfaces at CNMAT

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 17:30
TH 331
Michael Zbyszynski, UC Berkeley

A overview of a decade of musical projects and research employing Wacom digitizing tablets as musical controllers, discussing general implementation schemes using Max/MSP and OpenSoundControl, and specific implementations in musical improvisation, interactive sound installation, interactive multimedia performance, and as a compositional assistant, including two-handed sensing strategies and schemes for gestural mapping.


Michael Ferriell Zbyszynski is a composer, sound artist, performer, and teacher in the field of contemporary electroacoustic music. Currently, he is Assistant Director of Music Composition and Pedagogy at UC Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies. Playing flute, saxophones, clarinet, Yamaha WX-7, live electronics, or things made from coffee cans and PVC, he has appeared with Roscoe Mitchell, Myra Melford, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, at the Other Minds Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Getty Center, and the Montréal Jazz Festival, and is looking forward to a residency at the Montalvo Arts Center. He holds a PhD in composition from the University of California, Berkeley and studied at the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland, on a Fulbright Grant. He has taught at the Universities of California Berkeley and Irvine, Berklee College of Music, and Northeastern University, and can be heard on the ARTSHIP recording label.