Kuki no Sukima – Starting the performance

That should set the interface metronome somewhere close to the given tempo (m.m. 48) 

Then the conductor needs to press the button on the third finger once to stop the metronome counting.

Stop metronome counting

Now the conductor is ready to start the performance by pressing button three once more

Start performance.

This rather complicated preparation turned out to be a bit confusing for the conductor. She felt there were too many things to do before being able to start conducting so I decided to most of the preparation beforehand.

I manually had the volume control activated and used the metronome given by the computer. Therefore she only needed to press the third button once, to stop the metronome counting and start the piece.

That was a last-minute compromise that I need to fix before next performance. It suffered the tight synchronization that was supposed to be between the played instrumental sound and the live electronic sound since the conducting beat was significantly faster than indicated in the score. Since there are spots (marked with button 4), where the conductor synchronizes the score and electronics it never went far off but still it hurt the performance. Surely with a bit more time to practice the conducting signs, it should have worked but since my aim is to have the system simple enough for conductors to use as a “natural” extension of their conducting tradition this needs to be fixed.

I have already thought about ways to set up the volume control and volume value, but I don’t believe that I have alternatives for the metronome except that the conductor does not need to give the metronome beforehand but can immediately after starting the piece press the metronome button to give “right” tempo. This has also led to the conclusion that I have to change the order of the button so that the index finger (button 2) is not used for metronome setting but rather for start/stop messages. The middle finger (button 3) will be used for jumping forward messages and ring finger (button 4) for the metronome setting. That should give a bit more natural finger combination since most of the indications are start/stop (2nd button), jump forward (3rd button) and metronome setting (4th button).

That should do it for this week blog, looking forward to the next one where I will go into more detailed analyses of the use of ConDiS.



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