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Title: PhD in Composition : A Practice-Led Investigation into the Relationship between Computer and Performer in Multimedia Performance and Installation
Author: Murcott, Dominic Latutin
ISNI:       0000 0004 2678 8115
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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A Practice Led Inycstigation into the Relationship Between Computer and Live Performer in Multi-Media, Installation and Theatrical Settings. This research consists of nine compositions that chart the development of specific concepts and techniques involving instrume~performers working with computer technology. Drawing upon the composer's experience of groove-based music and multi-track recording, timing issues and the synchronisation of events become primary themes. The earlier pieces explore the relationship between players and fixed media, used both to reinforce and to re-Iocate a sense of temporal unity. Later pieces introduce interactive elements and real-time computer generated information, including on-screen score production. The inherent theatricality of the situations is exploited by placing the musical process at the foreground of the experience, an idea that is further enhanced by the rigorous embedding of film within some of the structures. Elements of sound installation are also included in the portfolio, not as a diversion from live instrumental performance but to consider alternative modes of listening and audience participation. The final piece Installation for String Quartet, explores the relationship with film in a multitude of ways: as a tool for the synchronisation of players with live electronic events; as a fundamental source of musical material; and crucially, using filmed conductors, as a method of extending and illuminating the performer's experience of ensemble timing. In addition the computer control of multiple films enables live tempo canons, a ·method theorised by Nancarrow but unrealised in his lifetime. Several of the works are accessible to student and amateur musicians, or to those without classical training. Where possible the technical requirements are minimised and the skills needed for their operation easily attainable, effectively widening the opportunity for participation in live electronics, interactive and generative music, multi-media and multi-tempi performance.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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