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Towards an Aesthetic of Instrumental Plausibility for Mixed Electronic Music

The implementation of live audio transformations in mixed electronic music raises the issue of plausibility in real-time instrumental transposition. The collaboration described in this paper deals with alterations to two of [author1]’s earlier pieces, adapting the software to achieve an improvement that is informed by both the physical resonating properties of musical instruments and by instrumental ensemble practice in terms of unequally tempered intonation choices. In preparing the pieces for publishing and wider performance, further transcription and alternative control options, the plausible solutions were implemented to address issues of timbre, intonation and practicality in a range of concert spaces, including the configuration of user input and output at interface level in order to manage common contingencies. While not attempting to closely simulate a human approach, the authors worked towards pragmatic solutions that draw on human musical nuancing in concert practice.


Richard Dudas    
Hanyang University
South Korea

Pete Furniss    
University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom


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