Tools for interaction with the creative process of composition

TitleTools for interaction with the creative process of composition
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1990
Date Published4/1990
AuthorsSchiphorst T., Calvert T., Lee C., Welman C., Gaudet S.
Conference NameProceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems: Empowering people
Conference LocationSeattle, Washington, United States
ISBN Number0-201-50932-6

This paper explores the nature of creative composition particularly as it applies to dance, and describes the development of interactive computer based tools to assist the composer. The hierarchical nature of the composition process calls for an interface which allows the composer the flexibility to move back and forth between alternate views and conceptual levels of abstraction. COMPOSE, an interactive system for the composition of dance has been implemented on Silicon Graphics and Apple workstations. The user visually composes in space and in time using menus of postures and sequences. Paths can be edited and an animation of the dance composition allows the final result to be evaluated.