Three states of wax

Impett, Jonathan ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Three states of wax. [Composition]

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Three States of Wax is a performance environment for an ensemble of computer-extended instruments. It investigates the nature of musical materials in a live computational environment.

Three States of Wax develops ideas from Michel Serres’ early work on the materials of physics. He takes as his example a piece of wax: it has form or figure, however malleable, it can be understood on a molecular level and in terms of the physical laws of propagation, and it bears the traces of its own history – of the feeding habits of the bees, of temperature, of intentional or circumstantial forming. Serres proposes that the interference between different models, theories or modes of representation is the engine of knowledge.

A central computer monitors interaction and the dynamics and evolution of the whole, identifying emergent phenomena. The differences between various modes of representation determine its responses of amplifying, inhibiting or contradicting the live behaviours.

Item Type: Composition
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Music group
Item ID: 29932
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Depositing User: Jonathan Impett
Date Deposited: 27 May 2020 10:03
Last Modified: 27 May 2020 10:03

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