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The Meaning of the Instrument

Conference paper
Authors Palle Dahlstedt
Per Anders Nilsson
Published in Proceedings of Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference (EMS12), Stockholm, 11-15 June, 2012
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Academy of Music and Drama
Language en
Keywords electronic music, improvisation, composition, gestural interface, mapping, playability
Subject categories Musicology


In this paper we discuss the meaning of musical instruments, particularly an electronic instrument intended for ensemble improvisation that is called the exPressure Pad. A basic premise is that the actual instrument in play mediates and actualizes particular aesthetical ideas, comparable to a composition. In play a multitude of interactions and cross relations occur: between the players, between the instrument and the player, and between the player and the musical outcome. However, the inherent properties of the instrument delimit what we can, and cannot do, therefore, it is feasible to claim that the instrument directs and informs our playing as much as we are shaping the musical output.

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