Random access remixing on the ipad

Jon Forsyth, Aron Glennon, Juan P. Bello

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Remixing audio samples is a common technique for the creation of electronic music, and there are a wide variety of tools available to edit, process, and recombine pre-recorded audio into new compositions. However, all of these tools conceive of the timeline of the pre-recorded audio and the playback timeline as identical. In this paper, we introduce a dual time axis representation in which these two time-lines are described explicitly. We also discuss the random access remix application for the iPad, an audio sample editor based on this representation. We describe an initial user study with 15 high school students that indicates that the random access remix application has the potential to develop into a useful and interesting tool for composers and performers of electronic music.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-490
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
StatePublished - 2011
EventInternational conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME 2011 - Oslo, Norway
Duration: May 30 2011Jun 1 2011


  • Interactive systems
  • IPad
  • Multi-touch
  • Remix
  • Sample editor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation
  • Music
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications


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