Composer of Mondgewächse, Patricia Alessandrini explains the difference between an instrument and an interface. Listen to the audio.
From the recording, transcript:
– We could say that an instrument is also a kind of an interface. For instance we approach a piano and without having studied piano we have some idea of how it works intuitively. Even cats apparently, of what I’ve seen on Youtube, can be playing the piano. So there is some idea of how to approach it.
– And an interface might also have that aspect, but an instrument carries all of this weight of – it could be traditional instrument and there is often a kind of music that is associated with a certain instrument. So you would pick up a certain instrument and think of playing a certain kind of music before you even know how to play the instrument.
– We also have a visual sense of how to approach it. So if you saw a violin you have a visual image of someone playing a violin in a certain way. So we are going to approach it that way. Approaching that sort of weight for an interface takes really a lot of work. But of course the exciting thing is that it’s like making some object into something like an instrument.
-And that’s what we’ve been trying to do with some of the soft interfaces. Make something that is very comfortable to use, very pleasant, that has much less of a sense of how one should play it. Really very little sense at all of what of a sound it’s going to make. But there might be something physically that suggest a way you want to hold it or interact with it and move it. And once you have feedback of the sound it is making and you like something that it is doing and you are going to reproduce that, than you have a sort of learning process which is something like a musical instrument.Mondgewächse Guide: What is an interface?