Keyword(s):Electroacoustic Devices , Electroacoustic Instruments , Live Electronics
In this article, the authors present their perspectives on instrument-making within the paradigm of live ensemble improvisation utilising electronic/digital technology. They investigate the nature of playability and expert control, suggesting that these elements should be in governance with a musical language. They examine the visceral and palpable aspects of the instrument purpose-built for virtuosic Free Music play. This is presented through the ensemble evolution of the Bent Leather Band and the adaptation of the band’s instruments to Percy Grainger’s remarkable sonic language: ’beyond the constraints of conventional pitch and rhythm’.