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The Body as Musical Instrument

Tanaka, Atau; Donnarumma, Marco; UNSPECIFIED and UNSPECIFIED. 2018. The Body as Musical Instrument. The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body, 1, [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This chapter explores the possibility of thinking of the human body as musical instrument. It builds on the philosophy of phenomenology to discuss body schemata that might be considered “instrumental” and discusses the diversity of bodies proposed by body theory to consider the incorporation of digital technology. Concepts of embodied interaction from the scientific field of human–computer interaction are discussed with an eye toward musical application. The history of gestural musical instruments is presented, from the Theremin to instruments from the STEIM studio. The text then focuses on the use of physiological signals to create music, from historical works of Lucier and Rosenboom to recent performances by the authors. The body as musical instrument is discussed in a dynamic of coadaptation between performer and instrument in different configurations of body and technology.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190636234.013.2

Additional Information:

Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press: https://global.oup.com/academic/rights/permissions/autperm/?cc=gb&lang=en

Keywords:

digital musical instrument, EEG, EMG, MMG, musical gesture, embodied interaction

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Computing

Dates:

DateEvent
1 July 2017Accepted
1 July 2018Published

Item ID:

24159

Date Deposited:

18 Sep 2018 09:15

Last Modified:

18 Sep 2018 09:15

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/24159

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