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Augmenting Percussion with Electronics in Improvised Music Performance

Hession, Paul (2018) Augmenting Percussion with Electronics in Improvised Music Performance. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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1. Depth of Field 3.46 Solo.wav - Supplementary Material
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2. Breaks 7.57 Solo.wav - Supplementary Material
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3. Bullfrogs 8.42 Solo.wav - Supplementary Material
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4. Practice Pad 5.08 Solo.wav - Supplementary Material
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5. Max Wants To Play Melodically 9.21 Solo.wav - Supplementary Material
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6. Nja (duo w. Ewan Stefani) 14'28.wav - Supplementary Material
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7. Ceremonial Industry 17.13 Solo.wav - Supplementary Material
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8. Homage to F.C. Judd 6.31 Solo.wav - Supplementary Material
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12. Balbuzie (duo w. Ewan Stefani) 6.02.wav - Supplementary Material
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13. Gong Drone 6.33 Solo.wav - Supplementary Material
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15. Stapler (Melodic Armature) 14.11 Solo.wav - Supplementary Material
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20. Acoustic - Membranes and Metals 5.25 Solo.wav - Supplementary Material
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3. iFIMPaC Leeds College of Music 9.56.mp4 - Supplementary Material
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4. Solo Stavanger Bjergsted 12.31.mp4 - Supplementary Material
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5. Duo w. Dag Egil Njaa - Rehearsal 7.06.mp4 - Supplementary Material
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Abstract

This commentary augments audio and video recordings that should be considered the essence of the study. The sound recordings comprise an original body of work that resulted from my interest in extending the possibilities of a standard drum set by augmenting it with electronics. It developed from an early interest in analogue, electroacoustic devices – such as the Dexion frames used by Tony Oxley and Paul Lytton to an engagement with digital electronics, specifically Max MSP, that was unknown to me at the outset of the study. The digital tools caused me to re-evaluate my thinking; to go beyond extending the sound-world at my disposal to engage with and consider artificial intelligence and the potential of creating a surrogate, software improviser with a degree of agency that challenged my thinking about human-computer interaction and confounded the issue of whether I was playing in a solo or duo setting. The commentary demonstrates the centrality of free improvisation to my approach and the recordings document my use of technologies, varying from the seemingly primitive (wooden beaters) to the apparently sophisticated (Max MSP) where I fully explore the affordances of each encounter.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Improvised music, improvisation, live electronics, digital electronics, analogue electronics, hybrid instrument, electroacoustic music, solo percussion, Human Computer Interaction
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > School of Music (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.758301
Depositing User: Dr Paul Hession
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2018 11:22
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 12:32
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/21918

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