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Published on Sep 25, 2010
Conduct was the system developed by the Structured Sound Synthesis Project (SSSP) of the University of Toronto for concerts. The philosophy of the design was that, first and foremost, music is about performance. We not only wanted to develop tools to compose music and shape sounds, we wanted to develop an instrument on which this music could be played, to enable improvisation, and to enable the musician to adapt a performances to the hall, the audience, other players, etc. These were all things that tape-playback, the norm a the time, simply would not permit. Conduct was the tool that we developed to enable us to do this, and it is one of the more interesting aspects of the system, especially for the time - but perhaps even in terms of today.