New modular synthesizers and performance practice

Auricchio, Nino and Borg, Paul (2016) New modular synthesizers and performance practice. In: SAE 2nd Synthposium, 14 Nov 2016, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Modular synthesisers present a new, perhaps rediscovered, paradigm in electronic musical performance. There is often a minimum level of observable physical gesture in the use of these instruments, although clear visual cues are still present, thus challenging existing conventions in musical performance. The primary cause of this disruption to the traditional performance paradigm is the interface and operation of the modular synthesiser. These are systems where individual modules have specific functionality yet require the performer to connect and manipulate those modules to realise a meaningful sonic output.

Marc Leman’s 2007 work on Embodied Music Cognition and Mediation Technology considers how for some musicians “technology stands between what they want and what they get.” This paper will look to discuss several areas relating to this new performance paradigm and ask; to what extent do modular synthesizers afford the ability to perform in a live manner, and what are the factors that dictate how that performance might be interpreted? Is the performer a ringmaster of a kind of sonic-circus, thus exhibiting a unique method of control over the instrument?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The conference presentation and modular synthesizer performance were pre-recorded at LCM then sent to the SAE for playback on the day. Paul and Nino then took part in a live Skype Q&A with the conference.
Keywords: Modular Synthesis Electronic Music Performance
Subjects: Music > Music/audio technology
Music > Music performance
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Depositing User: Nino AURICCHIO
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 14:37
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:22


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