Full automation in live-electronics: advantages and disadvantages
Garavaglia, Javier Alejandro
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The paper’s aim is to show a personal approach to the programming of live-electronics, which relies on the full automation of the real- time processing. After defining the term ‘live-electronics’, the article gives a summary of the main periods of development of what is generally understood today by this term; it further describes in a general way the tools and methods/processes employed in each period. Finally, the last few sections explain the way automation is implemented in some works of my own since 2002 (all utilizing full automation of the electronic part), showing the most important features and techniques involved, added to the advantages and disadvantages involved in the automation of most (or all) of the real- time processes in those works. Automation is not a new technique in the live-electronics scene, but full automation as described here needs some special attention, due to its impact on the performance and its perception. This paper aims to fully explain these main issues in the last sections in the light of my own experience as a performer and composer/programmer in the past 15 years.