DroneUnknown: An experiment in embracing unpredictability in live electronic performance

Patrick McGlynn


DroneUnknown aims to explore this ambiguous space by capitalising on the unpredictability of selfmodifying instruments, rather than
trying to restrain it. The program runs on intunative (the author's own multitouch performance platform formerly known as Oscar) and draws random source material from a bank of samples at initialisationtime. The player must navigate through the material live during performance and discover it as the audience does. This leads to a manmachine duel with a number of possible approaches, ranging from a tentative exploration of the programs state to much more aggressive journeys.

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