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Kidstruments

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posted on 2023-02-07, 11:52 authored by Miles O'NeilMiles O'Neil
Kidstruments

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eng

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Background This practice-based research project investigates the development of new dramaturgical possibilities through the design and presentation of original musical instruments. The work makes significant innovations in the fields of sound studies and performance studies and seeks to extend “the Sonic Turn” (Curtin 2014, 5). The discipline of theatrical dramaturgy has so far focused predominantly on writing, acting, and directing, and has neglected sound. Research question: How can the design and live presentation of a suite of original instruments foster new dramaturgy, methods of instrument play and approaches to ensemble performance, and how can these approaches Contribution I collaborated with Melbourne-based public art company Playable Streets to develop and direct Kidstruments. Kidstruments utilizes instruments designed by children, built by Playable Streets and played onstage by world-class musicians in international festival contexts. The development and direction of the work sort to understand how the these new instruments, which incorporate sophisticated software and hardware might be understood dramaturgically. The seven-month development period resulted in the creation and direction of a one-hour live performance of new music. This research project contributes to my ongoing analysis of sound and music in performance. Significance The work premiered concurrently at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. The live performance demonstrated how sonic technologies including DAW software, capacitive touch receptors, and gestural technologies can be harnessed in live sound-led performance. The work suggested new dramaturgical possibilities and contribute to new understandings of the ways sound is being used in contemporary performance contexts through an investigation into how actors and musicians can collaborate with these new technologies and in doing so, investigated how these new instruments might become what I term 'sonic actors'.

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JL1 Live Performance of Creative Works – Music

Scale

NTRO Minor

Publisher

Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival

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