Metamuse: Metaphors For Expressive Instruments

Ashley Gadd & Sidney S. Fels
We explore the role that metaphor plays in developing expressive devices by examining the MetaMuse system. MetaMuse is a prop-based system that uses the metaphor of rainfall to make the process of granular synthesis understandable. We discuss MetaMuse within a framework we call"transparency" that can be used as a predictor of the expressivity of musical devices. Metaphor depends on a literature,or cultural basis, which forms the basis for making transparent device mappings. In this context...
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