Flaws in the body and how we work with them : an interview with composer Alexander Schubert

Kanga, Zubin and Schubert, Alexander (2016) Flaws in the body and how we work with them : an interview with composer Alexander Schubert. Contemporary Music Review, 35 (4-5). pp. 535-553. ISSN 0749-4467

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07494467.2016.1258105

Abstract

This interview with Alexander Schubert, one of the most significant of the younger generation of German composers, examines his work as an innovator of new types of gesture-technology relationships. We begin by discussing his background, education and influences, and in particular his relationship to the peers discussed above. We then examine some specific questions about his use of video (both live and prerecorded) and the use of choreographed gestures. Finally, we discuss four key works which show three very different approaches to his use of gesture. Your Fox’s a Dirty Gold for solo performer with voice, motion sensors, electric guitar, and live-electronics (2011) features a solo performer, singing and seeming to play electric guitar, although all the sounds are produced by the movement of sensors, rather than the instrument. Laplace Tiger for drum-kit, arm-sensor, live electronics, and live video (2009) shows the use of live video triggered by the drummer’s gestures, amplifying while also transforming the audience’s perceptions of these movements and the resultant sounds. Sensate Focus for electric guitar, bass clarinet, violin, percussion, liveelectronics and animated light (2014) uses lighting to create the illusion that the ensemble on stage is a digital projection. And HELLO for any number of instruments, live electronics and video (2014) uses a video of himself performing everyday tasks in his home, as both the graphic score and the ‘conductor’ for the ensemble. Keywords: Alexander Schubert; Zubin Kanga; Gesture; Technology; Video; Sensors; German; Composer

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alexander Schubert; Zubin Kanga; Gesture; Technology; Video; Sensors; German; Composer
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Depositing User: Library Library
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 14:16
Last Modified: 19 May 2017 16:16
URI: http://presto.ram.ac.uk/id/eprint/25

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