Knowles, Julian D. (2006) Defibrillator. [Other]


Defibrillator is a 16’41” musical work for solo performer, laptop computer and electric guitar. The electric guitar is processed in real-time by digital signal processing network in software, with gestural control provided by a foot-operated pedal board. ---------

The work is informed by a range of ideas from the genres of electroacoustic music, western art music, popular music and cinematic sound. It seeks to fluidly cross and hybridise musical practices from these diverse sonic traditions and to develop a compositional language that draws upon multiple genres, but at the same time resists the ability to be located within a singular genre. Musical structures and sonic markers which form genre are ruptured at strategic levels of the musical structure in order to allow for a cross flow of concepts between genres. The process of rupture is facilitated by the practical implementation of music and sound reception theories into the compositional process. --------

The piece exhibits the by-products of a composer born into a media saturated environment, drawing on a range of musical and sonic traditions, actively seeking to explore the liminal space in between these traditions. The project stems from the author's research interests in locating points of connection between traditions of experimentation in diverse musical and sonic traditions arising from the broad uptake of media technologies in the early 20th century.

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ID Code: 32391
Item Type: Creative Work (Other)
Refereed: No
Material: Audio recording, software patches and source audio files
Measurements or Duration: 16'41"
Location: From date: To date:
Impermanent audio, PELT Gallery, Sydney 2006-08-25 2006-08-25
Medi(t)ations, Australiasian Computer Music Conference, Scott, Theatre, Adelaide 2006-07-12 2006-07-12
Music Sound Design, ABC Radio Centre, Sydney 2008-02-14 2008-02-14
Great Escape Festival, Sydney Olympic Park 2007-04-07 2007-04-07
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Keywords: electronic music, computer music, genre hybridity, laptop performance, experimental music, electronica
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Music Composition (190406)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Music Performance (190407)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Julian Knowles
Deposited On: 25 May 2010 22:13
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:31

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