Booth, Graham (2010) Inclusive Interconnections: Towards Open-Ended Parameter-Sharing for Laptop Ensemble. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

This research project concerns the use of networks in laptop performance, which allow
players to directly shape the musical voices of their peers. The author’s recent work with the
Huddersfield Experimental Laptop Orchestra has highlighted a need to develop player-­‐
centred networks, in order to foster a wider exploration of interdependent approaches to
musical performance. The core of this thesis details the design of a parameter-­‐sharing
system which aims to support a diverse set of approaches to performance, whilst allowing
interdependencies to be flexibly reconfigured by players. The resulting system has been
tested and evaluated with a cross-­‐section of experienced laptop performers, with initial
results showing that the system enables players to bring their existing experience to
interdependent performance. In addition, the use of a high-­‐level graphical model for
manipulating interconnections allows a range of interdependencies to be explored at
performer-­‐level. Future work aims to support a broader range of performance practice and
make the process of manipulating interconnections more intuitive.

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