Thesis Title: Composing relationships. Gesture and identity in electronic music performance.
What roles does gesture play in electronic music performance?
What forms of identity does synthetic sound reflect?
The computer has now become the principal medium of music production, and has helped electronic music spread as a global practice. However, while computers are excellent at automation and repetition, they bring challenging problems about their use in performance. Their identity as a musical instrument continues to be a subject of debate and innovation.
My research concerns relationships between performer and machine in electronic music performance. According primary importance to the performer's decision-making process (improvisation), my goal is to develop a flexible system for creating compositions that explore interactions between human-driven sources and a computer. This work is a practice-led enquiry in which I engage in the production of musical compositions and performances, reflect on their results, and contextualise the gestural and synthetic qualities around key concerns in contemporary culture that pertain to computer-based music production.
Supervisors and Institution(s):
First supervisor: Scott Wilson (University of Birmingham)
Second supervisor: John Richards (De Montfort University)
11/Sep/16 - Uccello Acquatico @ Spektrum, Berlin
24/Sep/16 - Colombo/Schiaffini/Marino @ Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Roma
6/Sep/15 - Colombo/Schiaffini/Marino @ Jazz per L'Aquila. L'Aquila, Italy