Performing the Super Instrument: Reaching Beyond Technical and Aesthetic Capabilities

Maria Kallionpaa

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The genre of contemporary classical music has seen significant innovation and research related to new super, hyper, and hybrid instruments, which opens up a vast palette of expressive potential. An increasing number of composers, performers, instrument designers, engineers, and computer programmers have become interested in different ways of “supersizing” acoustic instruments in order to open up previously-unheard instrumental sounds. Super instruments vary a great deal but each has a transformative effect on the identity and performance practice of the performing musician.

Furthermore, composers can empower performers by producing super instrument works that allow the concert instrument to become an ensemble controlled by a single player. The existing instrumental skills of the performer can be multiplied and the qualities of regular acoustic instruments extended or modified. Such a situation provides the performer extensive virtuoso capabilities in terms of instrumental range, harmony, timbre, or spatial, textural, acoustic, technical, or technological qualities. The discussion will be illustrated by a composition case study involving augmented musical instrument electromagnetic resonator piano.
TitelElectronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2016)
RedaktørerJonathan P. Bowen, Graham Diprose, Nick Lambert
Antal sider6
ForlagBCS Learning & Development Ltd
Publikationsdato12 jul. 2016
ISBN (Trykt)9781780173443
StatusUdgivet - 12 jul. 2016
BegivenhedEVA London 2016: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts - BCS, 1st Floor, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA, London, Storbritannien
Varighed: 11 jul. 201613 jul. 2016


KonferenceEVA London 2016
LokationBCS, 1st Floor, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA
NavnElectronic Workshops in Computing

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