Strategies for spatial music performance: the practicalities and aesthetics of responsive systems design

Ricky Graham, Brian Bridges

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This article will explore practical and aesthetic questions concerning spatial music performance by interrogating new developments within an emerging hyperinstrumental practice. The performance system is based on an electric guitar with individuated audio outputs per string and multichannel loudspeaker array. A series of spatial music mapping strategies will explore in-kind relationships between a formal melodic syntax model and an ecological flocking simulator, exploiting broader notions of embodiment underpinning the metaphorical basis for the experience and understanding of musical structure. The extension and refinement of this system has been based on a combination of practice-led and theoretical developments. The resulting mapping strategies will forge new gestural narratives between physical and figurative gestural planes, culminating in a responsive, bodily based, and immersive spatial music performance practice. The operation of the performance system is discussed in relation to supporting audiovisual materials.
Original languageEnglish
Issue numberDec 20
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

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  • spatial music
  • mapping
  • embodied cognition
  • hyperinstrument
  • gesture
  • aesthetics


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