Contextualizing musical organics: an ad-hoc organological classification approach

Magnusson, Thor (2017) Contextualizing musical organics: an ad-hoc organological classification approach. NIME 2017, Copenhagen, May 14-20. Published in: Proceedings of New Interfaces for Musical Expression. University of Aalborg

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As a research field, NIME is characterised by a plethora of design approaches, hardware, and software technologies. Formed of an interdisciplinary research community with divergent end-goals, the diversity of aims, objectives, methods, and outcomes is striking. Ranging from expressive interfaces, to musicological concerns, novel sensor technologies, and artificial creativity, the research presented is heterogeneous, distinct, and original.

The design of digital instruments is very different from the making of acoustic instruments, due to the bespoke traditions and production environments of the disciplines mentioned above, but notably also because of the heightened epistemic dimension inscribed in the materiality of digital systems. These new materialities are often hardware and software technologies manufactured for purposes other than music. Without having to support established traditions and relationships between the instrument maker and the performer or composer, new digital musical instruments often develop at the speed of the computer’s technical culture, as opposed to the slower evolution of more culturally engrained acoustic instrument design.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: Organology, musical organics, classification, NIME, digital musical instruments, ontogenesis, innovation.
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > M Music
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Depositing User: Thor Magnusson
Date Deposited: 03 May 2017 12:21
Last Modified: 22 May 2019 11:22

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