Composing Technique, Performing Technique

McLaughlin, Scott; Kanga, Zubin and Benjamin, Mira. 2021. Composing Technique, Performing Technique. Journal for Artistic Research(23), ISSN 2235-0225 [Article]

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Technique as the entanglement of composition and performance as an epistemic object (Knorr Cetina) emergent from contingent materiality. Two pieces by Scott McLaughlin—respectively for Zubin Kanga (piano) and Mira Benjamin (violin)—are discussed as case studies of strategies for entwining the specific embodied techniques of instrumental performance with the material agency (Pickering) of the instrument as a 'material indeterminacy' in which knowledge inheres through practice (Spatz). This exposition situates the artistic research as a novel conceptualisation of 'technique' that treats composition and performance not as separate domains but as an Ingoldian 'meshwork' where virtual structures in the performance technique are amplified through processes of listening and through compositional structures into open-ended local feedback loops.

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materiality embodiment agency indeterminacy performance resonance epistemic

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15 January 2021Accepted
25 May 2021Published

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