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Taina Riikonen [uk London]

improv.jpgCreative Research in Sound Arts Practice invites you to the following seminar exploring Aspects of Current Research
into Improvisation and Performance
; a short performance by the Ecosonic Ensemble featuring the Ouija Board will be followed by a discussion lead by the specially invited guest speaker Taina Riikonen, Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Sibelius Academy in Finland :: March 18, 2009; 4:00 pm :: Performance Laboratory, M108, Media Block, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle.

The discussions will explore some of the following areas: the roles of instruments (acoustic/ electronic/ mixed) as cultural and material producers of musical interaction; the sonic and verbal definition processes of authorities in the improvisation; the different fine-textured nuances of embodied communication in rehearsal/ performance processes; embodiment, collective authorities and electronics.

The Ouija board, developed by Thomas Gardner, is a new form of group musical instrument. Based on the real-time video analysis of the shadows cast by the hands of the performers, it reframes many of the conventions of traditional, tactile instrumental control.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&v=suJ9919MoKU[/youtube]

It allows the relationship between sound material from loudspeakers (location recordings, processed live sound, synthesised sounds) and the embodied act of performance to be investigated more deeply. This occurs both in a formal research processes and during performance, where the Ouija board acts as a bridge between acousmatic and traditional instrumental / vocal techniques.

The tactile quality of traditional acoustic instruments is in contrast to this remote, shadowy form of engagement. It is a negative instrument, between two worlds, casting a human shadow on the acousmatic curtain.

If you need any further information please contact Sarah Kaldor CRiSAP Research Administrators.kaldor [at] lcc.arts.ac.uk


Mar 18, 2009
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