Expansion through the machine: A com-position for harmonica and wearable

Oliver Hickman, Tae Hong Park

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Abstract

In this paper, we summarize compositional processes and ideas behind the electroacoustic music work K. fn [s] + "a" (2017). The piece, written for harmonica and electronics, is directly inspired by the simplistic and minimalistic qualities of the harmonica, a compact, diatonic instrument that is idiomatically becomes part of the performer's hand and transparent on onstage. To preserve and capture these characteristics, and to extend the instrument 's sonic and performability dimensions, we utilize the Apple Watch to minimize stage presence of the "machine " while wirelessly connecting the harmonica to the computer. By maximizing onstage machine transparency, focus is redirected to the performer and music, where pure harmonica sounds, sound augmentation through signal processing techniques, and wrist-arm gestures that wirelessly shape the digitized acoustic energies breathed into the machine, are negotiated in exploring solo harmonica for the electroacoustic music medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 ICMC/EMW - 43rd International Computer Music Conference and the 6th International Electronic Music Week
PublisherShanghai Conservatory of Music
Pages357-361
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780984527465
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event43rd International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2017 and the 6th International Electronic Music Week, EMW 2017 - Shanghai, China
Duration: Oct 15 2017Oct 20 2017

Publication series

Name2017 ICMC/EMW - 43rd International Computer Music Conference and the 6th International Electronic Music Week

Other

Other43rd International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2017 and the 6th International Electronic Music Week, EMW 2017
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period10/15/1710/20/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Music
  • Media Technology

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    Hickman, O., & Park, T. H. (2017). Expansion through the machine: A com-position for harmonica and wearable. In 2017 ICMC/EMW - 43rd International Computer Music Conference and the 6th International Electronic Music Week (pp. 357-361). (2017 ICMC/EMW - 43rd International Computer Music Conference and the 6th International Electronic Music Week). Shanghai Conservatory of Music.