Harris, Yolande


Inside-out instrument

Contemporary Music Review: Vol. 25, Issue 1/2. London: Routledge: 151-162.

URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/07494467.asp

Language(s): English


Interactivity Electroacoustic Instruments Emergence Audio-vision Multimedia


In this article, acknowledging a radical shift in what it is to play an instrument in a technologically expanded environment, the author explores ideas of a turning inside-out of the traditional body-instrument-space. The inside-out instrument develops, not as an exoskeleton, but as an exocentric (rather than egocentric) space of interaction. Part of this inside-out instrument is the treatment of space through light and image projections as well as through sound. The audio-visual-spatial nature of the instrument is a central part of the discussion and the author identifies pre-cursors to this spatialization, including works that create the folding of space with cameras and projectors used as instrumental extensions of the body. The Light-House, the Video-Walks and (to a lesser extent) the Meta-Orchestra 1 are used as examples of the three forms of inhabited, explorative and collaborative instruments developed as part of the author’s performance research project Score Spaces.

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Harris, Yolande (2004). The Meta-Orchestra: Research by practice in group multi-disciplinary electronic arts