Warde, Ann

1999

Change Over Time: Responsibility and Power in the Midst of Catastrophe

Leonardo Music Journal: Vol. 9. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 95-101.

URL: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/lmj

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Interdisciplinary Studies Chaos Theory Indeterminacy Data Tracking Live Electronics Real-time Interactivity Computer Music Mixed Work

Abstract:

In this article, after outlining a background of catastrophe theory and its links to musical composition, the author presents a manifestation of those links in the form of a “catastrophe machine”-an interactive musical system in which abrupt changes in computer-generated sound processing are dependent upon performers’ sensitive control of acoustic instruments. She then discusses notions of power and responsibility as they stem from a specific realization of this system, Berubah.