Weinberg, Gil

2002a

Playpens, Fireflies and Squeezables: New Musical Instruments for Bridging the Thoughtful and the Joyful

Leonardo Music Journal: Vol. 12. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 43-51.

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

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Music Education Electroacoustic Instruments Impact of Electroacoustic Music

Abstract:

In this article, the author discusses research in music cognition and education indicating that novices and untrained students perceive and learn music in a fundamentally different manner than do expert musicians. Based on these studies, he suggests implementing high-level musical percepts and constructionist learning schemes in new expressive musical instruments that would provide thoughtful and joyful musical activities for novices and experts alike. The author describes several instruments-the Musical Playpen, Fireflies and Squeezables - that he has developed in an effort to provide novices with access to rich and meaningful musical experiences and recounts observations and interviews of subjects playing these instruments.

All references of the same author:

(English)

Weinberg, Gil (2002b). The Aesthetics, History, and Future Challenges of Interconnected Music Networks
Weinberg, Gil (2005a). Interconnected Musical Networks: Toward a Theoretical Framework
Weinberg, Gil (2005b). Voice Networks: The Human Voice as a Creative Medium for Musical Collaboration
Weinberg, Gil (2005c). Local Performance Networks: musical interdependency through gestures and controllers