Publications

This page contains papers from the Augmented Instruments Laboratory, organised by date. Also see the latest news and events and press articles.

2016 and forthcoming

  1. R. H. Jack, A. McPherson and T. Stockman. Effect of latency on performer interaction and subjective quality assessment of a digital musical instrument Proc. Audio Mostly, Norrköping, Sweden, 2016. PDF
  2. A. McPherson, R. Jack and G. Moro. Action-Sound Latency: Are Our Tools Fast Enough? Proc. NIME, Brisbane, Australia, 2016. PDF
  3. S. A. Bin and A. McPherson. Skip the pre-concert demo: how technical familiarity and musical style affect audience response. Proc. NIME, Brisbane, Australia, 2016. PDF
  4. G. Moro, S. A. Bin, R. H. Jack, C. Heinrichs and A. McPherson. Making high-performance embedded instruments with Bela and Pure Data. Proc. ICLI, Brighton, UK, 2016. PDF
  5. C. Sulyok, A. McPherson and C. Harte. Evolving the process of a virtual composer. Natural Computing, 2016. Link
  6. A. McPherson, A. Chamberlain, A. Hazzard, S. McGrath and S. Benford. Designing for exploratory play with a hackable digital musical instrument. Proc. DIS, Brisbane, Australia, 2016.
  7. S. Holland, A. McPherson et al.. Workshop: Music and HCI Proc. CHI Extended Abstracts, San Jose, CA, USA, 2016. Link
  8. R. Jack, T. Stockman and A. McPherson. Navigation of pitch space on a digital musical instrument with dynamic tactile feedback. Proc. TEI, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2016. Link

2015

  1. V. Zappi and A. McPherson. The D-Box: how to rethink a digital musical instrument. Proc. ISEA, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2015. PDF
  2. L. Pardue, C. Harte and A. McPherson. A low-cost real-time tracking system for violin. Journal of New Music Research, 2015. Full text (HTML) | PDF
  3. G. Moro and A. McPherson. Approximating non-linear inductors using time-variant linear filters. Proc. Digital Audio Effects (DAFx), Trondheim, Norway, 2015. PDF
  4. D. W. H. Menzies. Technological support for Highland piping tuition and practice. PhD thesis, Queen Mary University of London, 2015. PDF
  5. R. Jack, A. McPherson and T. Stockman. The design of tactile musical devices for the deaf. Proc. International Conference on the Multimodal Experience of Music, Sheffield, UK, 2015. Full text (HTML) | PDF
  6. A. McPherson. Buttons, handles, and keys: advances in continuous-control keyboard instruments. Computer Music Journal, 2015, 39:2. PDF
  7. J. MacRitchie and A. McPherson. Integrating optical finger motion tracking with surface touch events. Frontiers in Psychology, 2015, 6:702. Link | PDF
  8. A. McPherson and V. Zappi. Exposing the scaffolding of digital instruments with hardware-software feedback loops. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, 2015. PDF
  9. D. W. H. Menzies and A. McPherson. Highland piping ornament recognition using Dynamic Time Warping. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, 2015. PDF
  10. L. Donovan and A. McPherson. Active control of a string instrument bridge using the Posicast technique. Proc. AES 138th Convention, Warsaw, Poland, 2015. Link
  11. A. McPherson and V. Zappi. An environment for submillisecond-latency audio and sensor processing on BeagleBone Black. Proc. AES 138th Convention, Warsaw, Poland, 2015. Link | PDF

2014

  1. J. Reiss and A. McPherson. [Textbook] Audio Effects: Theory, Implementation and Application. CRC Press 2014. Publisher Link | Google Books | Amazon
  2. V. Zappi and A. McPherson. Design and use of a hackable digital instrument. Proc. Live Interfaces, Lisbon, Portugal, 2014. PDF
  3. V. Zappi and A. McPherson. Dimensionality and appropriation in digital musical instrument design. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, London, UK, 2014. PDF
  4. L. Pardue, D. Nian, C. Harte and A. McPherson. Low-latency audio pitch tracking: a multi-modal sensor-assisted approach. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, London, UK, 2014. PDF
  5. J. Sokolovskis and A. McPherson. Optical measurement of acoustic drum strike locations. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, London, UK, 2014. PDF
  6. L. Donovan and A. McPherson. The talking guitar: headstock tracking and mapping strategies. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, London, UK, 2014. PDF
  7. D. Gábana Arellano and A. McPherson. Radear: a tangible spinning music sequencer. [demo] Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, London, UK, 2014. PDF
  8. C. Heinrichs, A. McPherson and A. Farnell. Human performance of computational sound models for immersive environments. The New Soundtrack Journal, 2014. PDF
  9. C. Heinrichs and A. McPherson. Mapping and interaction strategies for performing environmental sound. IEEE VR Workshop on Sonic Interactions for Virtual Environments, Minneapolis, USA, 2014. PDF
  10. J. Topliss, V. Zappi and A. McPherson. Latency performance for real-time audio on BeagleBone Black. Linux Audio Conference, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2014. PDF

2013

  1. A. McPherson. Crowdfunding digital musical instruments: a case study. Proc. Innovation in Music Conference, York, UK, 2013. In press
  2. D. W. H. Menzies and A. McPherson. A digital bagpipe chanter system to assist in one-to-one piping tuition. Proc. Sound and Music Computing, Stockholm, Sweden 2013. PDF
  3. T. Hedges and A. McPherson. 3D gestural interaction with harmonic pitch space. Proc. Sound and Music Computing, Stockholm, Sweden, 2013. PDF
  4. A. McPherson and Y. Kim. Piano technique as a case study in expressive gestural interaction. In Music and Human-Computer Interaction; Holland, S., Wilkie, K., Mulholland, P. and Seago, A., Ed.; Springer, 2013; Chapter 7, pp. 123-138. Link
  5. A. McPherson. Portable measuring and mapping of continuous piano gesture. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Seoul, South Korea, 2013. PDF (NIME 2013 best paper)
  6. L. Pardue and A. McPherson. Near-field optical reflectance sensing for violin bow tracking. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Seoul, South Korea, 2013. PDF
  7. A. McPherson, A. Gierakowski and A. Stark. The space between the notes: adding expressive pitch control to the piano keyboard. Proc. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Paris, France, 2013. PDF
  8. L. Vetter, M. Terrell, A. Simpson and A. McPherson. Estimation of overdrive in music signals. Audio Engineering Society 134th Convention, Rome, Italy, 2013. Link

2012

  1. A. McPherson and Y. Kim. The problem of the second performer: building a community around an augmented piano. Computer Music Journal 2012, 36 (4), 10-27. PDF | Link
    (PDF © 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology; archived with permission from Computer Music Journal)
  2. A. McPherson. Techniques and circuits for electromagnetic instrument actuation. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 2012. PDF, Design Materials
  3. A. McPherson. TouchKeys: capacitive multi-touch sensing on a physical keyboard. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 2012. PDF
  4. D. W. H. Menzies and A. McPherson. An electronic bagpipe chanter for automatic recognition of Highland piping ornamentation. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 2012. PDF
  5. N. C. Britt, J. Snyder and A. McPherson. The EMvibe: an electromagnetically actuated vibraphone. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 2012. PDF
  6. J. Snyder and A. McPherson. The JD-1: an implementation of a hybrid keyboard/sequencer controller for analog synthesizers. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 2012. PDF
  7. C. Heinrichs and A. McPherson. A hybrid keyboard-guitar interface using capacitive touch sensing and physical modeling. Proc. Sound and Music Computing, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012. PDF | Video Demo
  8. C. Heinrichs and A. McPherson. Recreating the parallax effect associated with Fishtank VR in a Real-Time telepresence system using head-tracking and a robotic camera. [poster] IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), Atlanta, USA, 2012. Link
  9. E. Burdiel, L. Vetter, A. Simpson, M. Terrell, A. McPherson and M. Sandler. Real-time implementation of Glasberg and Moore's loudness model for time-varying sounds. Audio Engineering Society 133rd Convention, San Francisco, USA, 2012. Link

2011

  1. A. McPherson and Y. Kim. Design and applications of a multi-touch musical keyboard. Proc. Sound and Music Computing, Padova, Italy, 2011. PDF
  2. B. Dolhansky, A. McPherson and Y. Kim. Designing an expressive virtual percussion instrument. Proc. Sound and Music Computing, Padova, Italy, 2011. PDF
  3. A. McPherson and Y. Kim. Multidimensional gesture sensing at the piano keyboard. Proc. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2011. PDF | Link

2010

  1. A. McPherson. The magnetic resonator piano: electronic augmentation of an acoustic grand piano. Journal of New Music Research 2010, 39 (3), 189-202. Link
  2. A. McPherson and Y. Kim. Augmenting the acoustic piano with electromagnetic string actuation and continuous key position sensing. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Sydney, Australia, 2010. PDF