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date: 21 October 2021

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This chapter explores the role of interactivity in electroacoustic concert music, defined as a subsection of contemporary classical music that embraces technology while retaining some element of live performance. It examines values traditionally associated with live performance, which provide a context for assessing the influence that interactivity has on liveness in concert settings. Four common models of interactivity are identified: the instrumental model, conductor model, reflexive model, and virtual-musician model. In addition, issues relating to alternative controllers, new instrumental interfaces, real-time processing, sound-file triggering, score following, and artificial intelligence systems are examined. The discussion is primarily concerned with the concertgoer’s perspective and the role that interactivity plays in that experience.

Keywords: interactivity, electroacoustic, liveness, controllers, interfaces, new instruments, virtual musician, mixed works, gesture

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