Software Tools for Electroacoustic Improvisation

Institution: MuTe

Years: 2010-2011

People: James Andean, Andrew Bentley, Visa Kuoppala, Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski, Alejandro Olarte.

 

Description:

This was a research project of the Centre for Music & Technology’s Improvisation Research Group, focused on exploring issues surrounding the grey area between improvisation and composition. A key element of this research was  the exploration of possible means for the real-time communication of individual structural or formal intentions within an improvisation context. While it is clear that such communication commonly takes place between improvising musicians, we explored the possibility for more explicit collaborative structural and formal development, thus working in a territory between ‘free improvisation’  and ‘spontaneous composition’ in a collaborative  context. The potential for such tools is particularly strong in electroacoustic improvisation, due to the potential to build communication methods directly into the performance software itself.

Central questions included:

  • What information would it be useful to communicate more explicitly during collective improvisation?
  • How might this information be communicated?
  • What available tools can be used for this purpose?
  • What new tools are we able to design and develop for this purpose?
  • What characteristics would be desireable in the devlopment of such tools?

 

Outcomes:

  • Conference presentation: “Projecting the Musical Future: Communication of musical intentions in collective electroacoustic improvisation”, Perspectives on Musical Improvisation conference, University of Oxford, UK. 2012.
  • Conference presentation: “Projecting the Musical Future: Communication of musical intentions in collective electroacoustic improvisation”, Sixteenth Nordic Musicological Congress, Stockholm University, Sweden. 2012.
  • Conference presentation: “Hidden Control Lines”, OrCiM International Seminar 2012: Composition– Experiment–Tradition, Orpheus Research Centre in Music, Ghent, Belgium.