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    Performing the Super Instrument: Reaching Beyond Technical and Expressive Capabilities

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2016)

    London, UK, 12 - 14 July 2016

    AUTHORS

    Maria Kallionpää

    ABSTRACT

    http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/ewic/EVA2016.7

    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.

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