Raw Data, Rough Mix: Towards an Integrated Practice of Making, Performance and Pedagogy

John M Bowers, John Richards, Tim Shaw, Robin Foster, and AKIHIRO KUBOTA

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

  • Year: 2023
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Track: Papers
  • Pages: 417–427
  • Article Number: 58
  • PDF link

Abstract:

This paper describes an extended intercontinental collaboration between multiple artists, institutions, and their publics, to develop an integrated musical practice which combines experimental making, performance, and pedagogy. We build on contributions to NIME which work with art and design-led methods to explore alternatives to, for example, more engineering-oriented approaches, without loss of practical utility and theoretical potential. We describe two week-long workshop-residencies and three performance-installations done under the provocative title Raw Data, Rough Mix which was intended to encourage exploration of basic processes in physical, mechanical, electrical, electronic and computational domains to develop musical artefacts that were frugal in their resource-demands but enabled the interrogation of human/non-human relationships, performativity, musical ecologies, aesthetics, and other matters. We close by elaborating our contribution to NIME as offering an integrated practice combining making, playing and learning, which is critically informed and practically productive.

Citation:

John M Bowers, John Richards, Tim Shaw, Robin Foster, and AKIHIRO KUBOTA. 2023. Raw Data, Rough Mix: Towards an Integrated Practice of Making, Performance and Pedagogy. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. DOI:

BibTeX Entry:

  @article{nime2023_58,
 abstract = {This paper describes an extended intercontinental collaboration between multiple artists, institutions, and their publics, to develop an integrated musical practice which combines experimental making, performance, and pedagogy. We build on contributions to NIME which work with art and design-led methods to explore alternatives to, for example, more engineering-oriented approaches, without loss of practical utility and theoretical potential. We describe two week-long workshop-residencies and three performance-installations done under the provocative title Raw Data, Rough Mix which was intended to encourage exploration of basic processes in physical, mechanical, electrical, electronic and computational domains to develop musical artefacts that were frugal in their resource-demands but enabled the interrogation of human/non-human relationships, performativity, musical ecologies, aesthetics, and other matters. We close by elaborating our contribution to NIME as offering an integrated practice combining making, playing and learning, which is critically informed and practically productive.},
 address = {Mexico City, Mexico},
 articleno = {58},
 author = {John M Bowers and John Richards and Tim Shaw and Robin Foster and AKIHIRO KUBOTA},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression},
 editor = {Miguel Ortiz and Adnan Marquez-Borbon},
 issn = {2220-4806},
 month = {May},
 numpages = {11},
 pages = {417--427},
 title = {Raw Data, Rough Mix: Towards an Integrated Practice of Making, Performance and Pedagogy},
 track = {Papers},
 url = {http://nime.org/proceedings/2023/nime2023_58.pdf},
 year = {2023}
}