Reanimating the readymade

Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Scott Smallwood

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2 Scopus citations


There is rich history of using found or “readymade” objects in music performances and sound installations. John Cage’s Water Walk, Carolee Schneeman’s Noise Bodies, and David Tudor’s Rainforest all lean on both the sonic and cultural affordances of found objects. Today, composers and sound artists continue to look at the everyday, combining readymades with microcontrollers and homemade electronics and repurposing known interfaces for their latent sonic potential. This paper gives a historical overview of work at the intersection of music and the readymade and then describes three recent sound installations/performances by the authors that further explore this space. The emphasis is on processes involved in working with found objects--the complex, practical, and playful explorations into sound and material culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-139
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
StatePublished - 2019
Event19th International conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME 2019 - Porto Alegre, Brazil
Duration: Jun 3 2019Jun 6 2019


  • Author Readymade
  • Carolee Schneemann
  • David Tudor
  • Intermedia
  • John Cage
  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Sound Installation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Music


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