The DJs and laptop performers of electronic dance music use preexistent elements such as records and digital samples to create extended improvisations. Analysis of these technologically mediated performances reveals a complex dynamic in which a modular approach to musical structure enables flexible adaptation and transformation of seemingly "fixed" products in live contexts. Musicians' improvisational interactions with performance equipment challenge deterministic portrayals of technology as a force that controls and limits music making. Instead, the coexistent possibilities of music as activity and music as product inform and influence each other in contemporary performance. The book unfolds in four large chapters, the topics of which are as follows: ontology; interface design and liveness in performance; the interaction of the preexistent and the novel within improvisation; and musical design as performative technology. Its methodology is an interdisciplinary combination of field research (interviewing Berlin-based musicians and filming their performances) and close analysis (focusing on both recorded texts and filmed materials).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||280|
|State||Published - Aug 21 2014|
- Electronic dance music
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)