This research proposes a multi-channel interactive performance system called Sonic Matter. The system embodies newly developed motion tracking technology in accordance with well-accustomed MIDI technology in quest of achieving greater expression in live electroacoustic music performance. Sonic Matter is an open system, which offers a great deal of artistic flexibility and control due to its modular structure. The system gives its performer the ability to manipulate many qualities of sound in real-time.
This thesis presents the background for the research, discusses the design considerations, details what each module does, and presents the author’s musical compositions created with Sonic Matter. The collection of five compositions, Sonic Matters, was premièred in the Sonic Arts Lab at the University of Calgary on June 14, 2018.