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Live Electronic Music

Composition, Performance, Study

Edited by Friedemann Sallis, Valentina Bertolani, Jan Burle, Laura Zattra

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340 pages | 93 B/W Illus.

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Description

During the twentieth century, electronic technology enabled the explosive development of new tools for the production, performance, dissemination and conservation of music. The era of the mechanical reproduction of music has, rather ironically, opened up new perspectives, which have contributed to the revitalisation of the performer’s role and the concept of music as performance. This book examines questions related to music that cannot be set in conventional notation, reporting and reflecting on current research and creative practice primarily in live electronic music. It studies compositions for which the musical text is problematic, that is, non-existent, incomplete, insufficiently precise or transmitted in a nontraditional format. Thus, at the core of this project is an absence. The objects of study lack a reliably precise graphical representation of the work as the composer or the composer/performer conceived or imagined it. How do we compose, perform and study music that cannot be set in conventional notation? The authors of this book examine this problem from the complementary perspectives of the composer, the performer, the musical assistant, the audio engineer, the computer scientist and the musicologist.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Friedemann Sallis, Valentina Bertolani, Jan Burle and Laura Zattra

Part I: Composition

1. Dwelling in a field of sonic relationships: ‘instrument’ and ‘listening’ in an ecosystemic view of live electronics performance

Agostino Di Scipio

2. (The) speaking of characters, musically speaking

Chris Chafe

3. Collaborating on composition: the role of the musical assistant at IRCAM, CCRMA and CSC

Laura Zattra

Part II: Performance

4. Alvise Vidolin interviewed by Laura Zattra: the role of the computer music designers in composition and performance

Laura Zattra

5. Instrumentalists on solo works with live electronics: towards a contemporary form of chamber music?

François-Xavier Féron and Guillaume Boutard

6. Approaches to notation in music for piano and live electronics: the performer’s perspective

Xenia Pestova

7. Encounterpoint: the ungainly instrument as co-performer

John Granzow

8. Robotic musicianship in live improvisation involving humans and machines

George Tzanetakis

Part III: Study

9. Authorship and performance tradition in the age of technology: (with examples from the performance history of works by Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio and Karlheinz Stockhausen)

Angela Ida De Benedictis

10. (Absent) authors, texts and technologies: ethnographic pathways and compositional practices

Nicola Scaldaferri

11. Computer-supported analysis of religious chant

Dániel Péter Biró and George Tzanetakis

12. Fixing the fugitive: a case study in spectral transcription of Luigi Nono’s A Pierre. Dell’azzurro silenzio, inquietum. A più cori for contrabass flute in G, contrabass clarinet in B flat and live electronics (1985)

Jan Burle

13. A spectral examination of Luigi Nono’s A Pierre. Dell’azzurro silenzio, inquietum (1985)

Friedemann Sallis

14. Experiencing music as strong works or as games: the examination of learning processes in the production and reception of live electronic music

Vincent Tiffon

About the Editors

Friedemann Sallis is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Music Department at the University of Calgary, Canada.

Valentina Bertolani is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at the University of Calgary, Canada.

Jan Burle is a scientist at Jülich Centre for Neutron Science, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Outstation at MLZ in Garching, Germany.

Laura Zattra is a research fellow at Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris, France.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Music

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering music performance, theory, and culture alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, film, religion, politics, and science, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS000000
MUSIC / General