Performance Set-ups for a Post-Digital Age
Presented at NIME06, IRCAM, Paris, June 2006
Why is a seemingly mundane issue such as airline baggage allowance of great significance in regards to the performance practice of electronic music? This paper discusses how a performance practice has evolved that seeks to question the binary and corporate digital world. New 'instruments' and approaches have emerged that explore 'dirty electronics' and 'punktronics': DIY electronic instruments made from junk. These instruments are not instruments in the traditional sense, defined by physical dimensions or by a set number of parameters, but modular systems, constantly evolving, never complete, infinitely variable and designed to be portable. A combination of lo- and hi-fi, analogue and digital, synchronous and asynchronous devices offer new modes of expression. The development of these new interfaces for musical expression run side-by-side with an emerging post-digital aesthetic.
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