Traditional drum machines and digital drum-kits offer users the ability to practice or perform with a supporting ensemble – such as a bass, guitar and piano – but rarely offer support in the form of an accompanying percussion part. Beatback is a system which develops upon this missing interaction through offering a MIDI enabled drum system which learns and plays in the user’s style. In the contexts of rhythmic practise and exploration, Beatback looks at call-response and accompaniment models of interaction to enable new possibilities for rhythmic creativity.
Poster presentation SIAT Open House Poster.
Hawryshkewich, A., Pasquier, P. & Eigenfeldt, A. (2010). “Beatback: A Real-time Interactive Percussion System for Self Directed Practise” New Interfaces of Musical Expression (NIME), Sydney, Australia.