Interactive Systems

Many of these videos show familiar compositions ported to “novel” electronic instruments. The suggestion of novelty seems (to me) particularly disingenuous, when most of these instruments follow the formula of remapping pitch and volume to new inputs. More awkward still are the attempts at virtuosity, and I have to agree with Lazae’s point about this. I feel like it is wasted effort to compete with the “technical chops” of a computer, as far as playing notes and rhythms are concerned. For this reason, I really appreciate Waisvisz’s and Sonami’s performances. Both seem to consider things that are actually novel about electronics – not the ability to control dynamics with a hovering mallet or a metal ring, but rather the ability to manipulate and stitch together “sounds” in the broadest sense of the word.

– Miles


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