The Interface-Score: Electronic Musical Interface Design as Embodiment of Performance and Composition

 This thesis investigates the artistic and philosophical consequences of understanding musical instruments as artifacts embodying a score. In other words, it explores the extent to which musical instruments can be perceived as musical scores. This research examines the cultural and technological nature of digital musical instruments and it contributes to a material account of musical notation. It introduces a novel paradigm for tangible interface design called the tangible score. It also describes a practice-based research journey performing tangible musical interfaces.