Physicality and Feedback: A Focus on the Body in the Performance of Electronic Music

Curtis Bahn, Tomie Hahn, Dan Trueman

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Musical performance in a cultural context has always been inextricably linked to the human body, yet, the body has played only a minor role in the creation and performance of electronic music. This paper will consider aesthetic and technical issues relating to: (1) the social/cultural construction of contexts for chamber music and dance; (2) our construction of gestural “composed instruments” and integrated sonic display devices; (3) concepts of the integration of the dancing body and the musical body; and (4) new approaches to interactive music and improvisation in a “composed context.” Our approach prioritizes music as “activity” in both instrument design and sonic display. We find physicality, feedback, and gesture-the reintegration of the body in electronic music-are all key to maintaining and extending musical/social traditions within a technological context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC Proceedings
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event27th International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2001 - Havana, Cuba
Duration: Sep 17 2001Sep 22 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Media Technology


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