Tangible Scores: Shaping the Inherent Instrument Score

Tangible Scores are a new paradigm for musical instrument
design with a physical configuration inspired by graphic
scores. In this paper we will focus on the design aspects
of this new interface as well as on some of the related technical
details. Creating an intuitive, modular and expressive
instrument for textural music was the primary driving
force. Following these criteria, we literally incorporated a
musical score onto the surface of the instrument as a way
of continuously controlling several parameters of the sound
synthesis. Tangible Scores are played with both hands and
they can adopt multiple physical forms. Complex and expressive
sound textures can be easily played over a variety
of timbres, enabling precise control in a natural manner.