Chasing after the Mixer


Session Title:

  • Sonic Art and Sound 2: Instruments

Presentation Title:

  • Chasing after the Mixer




  • Abstract (short paper)

    The authors examine the No Input Mixing Board (NIMB) as a complex instrument that reconfigures the politics of composition, cognition, control and expression in the context of Electro-Acoustic Improvisation. The notion of performance is relocated within the entanglement of the modulatory body of the artist along with the sound producing devices. Rather than control, the posture of the artist is best described as a form of existential availability to the instrument. This view rejects virtuosity as the pure control of the artist’s mind over the instrument, as well as the delegation of performance to automated machines.

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