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Creative Performance - augmented creativity and expression in musical performance and improvisation

Funding: Swedish Research Council (VR), 2011-2013, 5.400.000 Sek
Contact: Palle Dahlstedt

We want to investigate new conditions for musical performance (in the sense of improvisation, real-time creativity) by means of new technologies. Partly through developing and evaluating new ways to play and improvise electronic and generative music, partly by developing computer applications that provide new interaction models for improvisation on acoustic instruments.

Hence, the theme is to use advanced technology in a musical performance situation, and connecting it to a genuinely human expression, and to the conditions for free but controlled creativity on stage. The goal is to successfully combine the unpredictability of human musical expression with both the fascinating complexity of generative music and the rich, dynamic timbres of electronic music.

There are four subprojects: gestural control of electronic generative music, virtual co-players, computer-mediated interaction models, and public interaction environments for shared musical creation, all based on promising spin-off results from the previous project Potential Music, funded by VR.

The developed prototypes and applications will be evaluated over extended time, in two interconnected ways: by their musical quality, and by their playability, i.e., how musicians and users perceive their musical potential, freedom of expression, and controllability. Research will be carried out by a group of researchers from applied information technology, music, and complex systems, under direction of composer Palle Dahlstedt.

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