chapter  47
Embodied Cognition and Digital Musical Instruments
Design and Performance
ByJoseph Malloch, Marcelo M. Wanderley
Pages 10

Digital musical instruments (DMIs) are typically composed of an interface (input device or control surface) using some type of sensor technology and real-time media synthesis algorithms running on a digital computer. The connections between various input signals from performer interaction and the parameters of synthesis must be artificially associated—this mapping of gesture to sound or other media defines the behavior of the system as a whole.