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Title: Augmenting percussion with electronics in improvised music performance
Author: Hession, Paul
ISNI:       0000 0001 3113 0906
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2018
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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.
Supervisor: Stefani, Ewan ; Windsor, Luke Sponsor: Norwegian Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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