Butch Rovan: Teaching at Brown University, 2004-2011

MU2220: Designing and Playing Alternate Controllers

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This seminar explores the science and aesthetics of designing alternate controllers for musical performance. Topics include basic analog and digital electronics, hardware prototyping, instrument construction, and C programming of microcontrollers. Additional assignments address theories of gesture, human-computer interface issues, and the challenges of mapping sensor data to meaningful musical parameters.

New instrument design by Matthew Warne


New instrument design by Arvid Tomayko-Peters and Brian Knoth


New instrument design by Kevin Patton


Two student Instruments (left = Alex Kruckman, right = Alex Dupuis)









Left: Bevin Kelley's Bracer instrument. Right: Lucky Leone's interactive chair.

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Left: instrument by Carmen Montoya. Right: "Firefly" instrument by Jordan Bartee.

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