Tributary is a collaborative music making installation whereby users can construct the arrangement of a piece of music using designated handheld games controllers.

The underlying theme of this work is the democratisation of music-making tools. It is a tool which provides an opportunity for those unfamiliar with music theory or professional equipment to participate in musical collaboration.

In this example of the tool, two controllers are presented to users. One controls the drum arrangement including kick, snare, percussion, and drum fills. The other controls melodic instruments such as piano, pads and bass. The buttons on the controllers can be pressed to activate and deactivate loops, allowing users to construct their own version of the music.

I am aware of the irony that the tool was built to allow users to collaborate and this example video shows one person operating both controllers… However, I developed the tool during lockdown, and was unable to demo with multiple users at the time.