07/92 Macworld (Ann Garrison)

Digital Improvisation Electronic composer Laetitia Sonanii's concerts are both scored and,improvised. Using a Mac SE and Opcode System's object-oriented music software, Max, Sonami creates the basic harmonic, rhythmic; and melodic parameters of a piece, which are sent to synthesizers and samplers as MIDI commands. She improvises within these parameters, using her voice and a special pair of lady's' gloves as MIDI controllers. The gloves are equipped with sensors that measure the magnetic field between her thumb and fingers and translate the measurements into audio data. Sonami will perform in New York, San Francisco, and other cities this year.