recent work – an introduction

Well I thought it was about time that I updated this site – so I thought I’d start by explaining what I plan to be writing about in this blogging page, and what types of posts you can expect to see here in the future. As I alluded to in the first post – this space is intended for ideas, thoughts and possibly links related to my research. More importantly however, I thought that I’d use the space to present some of the things that I have been working on recently.

The majority of my time of late – hence why the site hasn’t had many changes recently – has been spent developing some personal tools and working methods within the graphical programming environment MaxMSP. My initial goal in embarking upon this PhD in composition was to explore and develop strategies for interaction between instrumental performers and technology. As an instrumentalist working with music technology, one thing that I have been searching for is a way in which I can interact with technology in performance – and rehearsal – that is immediate, unmediated, creative and often with surprising results. For me interactivity in this context must be mutually influential – that is, far from synchronising my playing with a pre-prepared electronic accompaniment, I want to be able to listen to the computer’s musical offerings, and respond with the knowledge that my playing will influence the computer’s material in real-time. I’ll come back to these aims and ideas of interactivity in a later post, however in the next few posts I wanted to show some of my work in building tools for sound design, and some interesting methods I’ve been experimenting with to control some of the tools I’ve been building.

I’ll put up the first of these series of posts in the coming days…

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