Epi-thet: A Musical performance installation and a choreography of stillness

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Title Epi-thet: A Musical performance installation and a choreography of stillness
Author Humphrey, Tim; Flynn, Madeleine; Stevens, Jesse
Publication Title Proceedings of the 2010 Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2010)
Editor Kirsty Beilharz, Andrew Johnston, Sam Ferguson, Amy Yi-Chun Chen
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Abstract This paper articulates an interest in a kind of interactive musical instrument and artwork that defines the mechanisms for instrumental interactivity from the iconic morphologies of “ready-mades”, casting historical utilitarian objects as the basis for performed musical experiences by spectators. The interactive repertoires are therefore partially pre-determined through enculturated behaviors that are associated with particular objects, but more importantly, inextricably linked to the thematic and meaningful assemblage of the work itself. Our new work epi-thet gathers data from individual interactions with common microscopes placed on platforms within a large space. This data is correlated with public domain genetic datasets obtained from micro-array analysis. A sonification algorithm generates unique compositions associated with the spectator “as measured” through their individual specification in performing an iconic measurement action. The apparatus is a receptacle for unique compositions in sound, and invites a participatory choreography of stillness that is available for reception as a live musical performance.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.educ.dab.uts.edu.au/nime/PROCEEDINGS/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2010. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.
ISBN 978-0-646-53482-4
Conference name New Interfaces for Musical Expression++
Location Sydney, Australia
Date From 2010-06-15
Date To 2010-06-18
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35322
Date Accessioned 2010-07-13
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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