Knowles, Julian D. & Hewitt, Donna G. (2006) Nodule. [Live Performance (Music)]


Nodule is 19'54" musical work for two electronic music performers, two laptop computers and a custom built, sensor-based microphone controller - the e-Mic (Extended Mic-stand Interface Controller). This interface was developed by one of the co-authors, Donna Hewitt. The e-Mic allows a vocal performer to manipulate their voice in real time by capturing physical gestures via an array of sensors - pressure, distance, tilt – in addition to ribbon controllers and an X-Y joystick microphone mount. Performance data are then sent to a computer, running audio-processing software, which is used to transform the audio signal from the microphone in real time.

The work seeks to explore the liminal space between the electro-acoustic music tradition and more recent developments in the electronic dance music tradition. It does so on both a performative (gestural) and compositional (sonic) level. Visually, the performance consists of a singer and a laptop performer, hybridising the gestural context of these traditions. On a sonic level, the work explores hybridity at deeper levels of the musical structure than simple bricolage or collage approaches. Hybridity is explored at the level of the sonic gesture (source material), in production (audio processing gestures), in performance gesture, and in approaches to the use of the frequency spectrum, pulse and meter.

The work was designed to be performed in a range of contexts from concert halls, to clubs, to rock festivals, across a range of staging and production platforms. As a consequence, the work has been tested in a range of audience contexts, and has allowed the transportation of compositional and performance practices across traditional audience demographic boundaries.

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ID Code: 26805
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Music))
Refereed: No
Funders: Australia Council for the Arts
Measurements or Duration: 19'54"
Location: From date: To date:
International Computer Music Association Conference, New Orleans, USA 2006-11-10
Great Escape Festival, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia 2006-04-16
Discollaboration, 2MBS-FM, @Newtown, Sydney Australia 2006-09-02
Keywords: electronic music, laptop performance, gestural controller, experimental music, popular music
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Julian Knowles and Donna Hewitt
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2009 06:55
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:40

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