Making the Enabled System

Michael Spicer



The Enabled System is designed to provide a way for small groups of untrained people, or people with disabilities, to engage in group musical improvisations through a computer-mediated performance environment. The system consists of a variety of physical controllers that send performance information to some computer software which transforms the inputs to produce control information for a collection of synthesisers.


Michael Spicer has a PhD Music and a M.Sc in ComputerScience, and is constantly looking for ways to combine these two areas. He has been performing professionally as a keyboard/synthesizer/flute player since the late 1970’s. He was a member of the popular Australian folk/rock group “Redgum” in the 1980’s. He is currently teaching at Singapore Polytechnic and performing in Singapore with the improvisation group “Sonic Escapade”.