Dr. Robert Moog (USA)

Making it personal

As the tools of visual art and design have increasingly moved to the digital, Moog's description of the situation of electronic musical instruments and the challenge for their design provides an enlightening analogy. In playing pre-electronic instruments, musicians rely on multiple modes of feedback and control to and from the instrument in a complex and data-intensive information flow. Vibrating strings and force feedback of pressure allow musicians subtle adjustments to the notes before a sound is made, reaching a state of such close connection to the instrument that they feel it is an extension of their own body. Electronic instruments, while offering precise and complete control for the musician, give no tactile feedback of what the effect of the hand will be on the result before the sound is made. Moog's work on the synthesizer centers around bringing tactile feedback into interfaces for digital instruments. Reaching a critical mass of control to create the feeling in the musician that the instrument is an extension of their body, allowing them complete control at a pre-conscious level is crucial for digital instruments to become as powerful as traditional analog ones: Mr. Moog's presentation points to the need to included rich tactile, and sensory information in tools for creative artists, whether audio or visual.(GW)

Writer:Kosuke Ikehata/Norimitsu Korekata/Junko Sakamoto/Nobuko Shimuta/Naoko Hasegawa/Osamu Hisanaga/Sakurako Muto/Naho Yoshioka/Helmut Langer/Maggie Hohle/Nicole Rechia/Trysh Wahlig/Gitte Waldman/Robert Zolna
Photographer:Yoshimitsu Asai/Yasuhiko Katsuta/Fumihiko Mizutani