Alexander Refsum Jensenius: "Sound actions: An embodied approach to a digital organology"

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  • Location: Zoom (contact Patrik Juslin for link)
  • Organiser: Department of Psychology
  • Contact person: Patrik Juslin
  • Seminarium

The Open Seminar in Music Psychology

Alexander Refsum Jensenius, University of Oslo: "Sound actions: An embodied approach to a digital organology"

What is an instrument in our increasingly electrified world? In this talk, I will present a set of theoretical building blocks from my forthcoming book on "musicking in an electronic world". At the core of the argument is the observation that the introduction of new music technologies has led to an increased separation between action and sound in musical performance. This has happened gradually, with pianos and organs being important early examples of instruments that introduced mechanical components between the performer and resonating objects. Today's network-based instruments represent an extreme case of a spatiotemporal dislocation between action and sound. They challenge our ideas of what an instrument can be, who can perform on them, and how they should be analyzed. In this talk, I will explain how we can use the concepts of action-sound couplings and mappings to structure our thinking about such instruments. This will be used at the heart of a new organology, which embraces the qualities of both acoustic and electroacoustic instruments.