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Title: Interacting with the piano : absorbing technology into piano technique and collaborative composition : the creation of 'performance environments', pieces and a piano
Author: Nicolls, Sarah Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 2702 1442
Awarding Body: Brunel University
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis explores the expansion of the piano performance environment, using technology to augment the sound, the playing area of the piano and its surroundings, and/or the performer's own body in controlling electronic elements of the music. In particular I examine the extension of piano technique and how this is affected by adding technology. I also discuss collaborative compositional processes in creating co-authored musical works and have given a critical appraisal of the different technological systems used in all of these pieces. I have also introduced ideas about developing the structure of the piano to better suit contemporary techniques and the addition of technological elements in piano playing. These ideas are represented by my own "Inside-out Piano", illustrated within the thesis. Throughout this work many new pieces for piano and live electronics have been generated and I hope these may also be useful as a resource for other pianists exploring their own interactions with the piano.
Supervisor: Gilmore, B. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Music ; Electronic music ; Interactive ; Live electronics