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Tuesday, July 1 • 09:45 - 10:56
Hybrid Resonant Assemblages: Rethinking Instruments, Touch and Performance in New Interfaces for Musical Expression

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Hybrid Resonant Assemblages: Rethinking Instruments, Touch and Performance in New Interfaces for Musical Expression
John Bowers and Annika Haas
Culture Lab, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Culture Lab, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, UK

Long Paper

This paper outlines a concept of hybrid resonant assemblages, combinations of varied materials excited by sound transducers, feeding back to themselves via digital signal processing. We ground our concept as an extension of work by David Tudor, Nicolas Collins and Bowers and Archer [NIME 2005] and draw on a variety of critical perspectives in the social sciences and philosophy to explore such assemblages as an alternative to more familiar ideas of instruments and interfaces. We lay out a conceptual framework for the exploration of hybrid resonant assemblages and describe how we have approached implementing them. Our performance experience is presented and implications for work are discussed. In the light of our work, we urge a reconsideration of the implicit norms of performance which underlie much research in NIME. In particular, drawing on the philosophical work of Jean-Luc Nancy, we commend a wider notion of touch that also recognises the performative value of withholding contact.

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Annika Haas

Berlin University of the Arts
Annika Haas is a researcher and media artist. With a background in European Media Studies, she is now studying Computational Arts at UDK Berlin. Her work is focused on theoretical and artistic investigations in the field of aesthetic philosophy and technology philosophy, e.g. by building ’non-instruments’ and reflecting on the relation of human and machine.


Tuesday July 1, 2014 09:45 - 10:56
New Academic Building: LG02

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