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School of CAPA research seminar series: Music

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 , 2.15pm

Dr Tom Sykes, Lecturer in Drama Performance 

The Hope Big Band project: the meeting of town and gown through musical collaboration – an artistic research project
Lecturer in Music Performance Tom Sykes will present an overview of a project that will lead to the publication of an article in IASPM Journal, the peer-reviewed open-access e-journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). It is for a special issue on the topic of practice based research, which is a growing area in music. This project is an artistic research study (artistic research being a form of practice based research) in which Tom will compose pieces to be workshopped, rehearsed and performed by Liverpool Hope Big Band. As well as producing an artistic product (or artefact) to be performed later in the year, Big Band members will be involved in the research by being invited to give feedback about their experiences of engaging with the music. Members of the local community of musicians will also be invited to take part and their views sought on the value of musical activities that enable collaboration between the university and musicians from outside Hope.


Dr Manoli Moriaty, Lecturer in Music Production 

Collective Controllerism
This project investigates approaches in diversifying electronic music practices and approaches in decolonising music education through examining the practice of Controllerism. Being the modern offspring of a rich lineage of practices, such as Hip Hop production, Turntablism, and Dub mixing, Controllerism has not only allowed disk jockey performers to evolve into active music-makers while on stages, but it further challenges the traditional notions of music education and the necessary musicianship skills needed towards performing music. 

DeviceD: haptic-enabled wearable for online audience interaction
A practice-based inquiry into augmenting audience participation with an interactive dance performance through a wearable haptic feedback system. Aiming to challenge the orthodoxy of interactive dance performances (Salter 2009) which restrict dancer to simply being the generator of data for further manipulation of digital media, the bespoke systems developed for DeviceD allowed a dancer to receive digital data generated through social media posts through a haptic feedback wearable based around motor actuators attached to the dancer's limbs. Audience members can contribute and participate to the performance through Twitter posts containing specific queries (hashtags, mentions, etc.), with the system translating these into patterns of vibrotactile feedback. The biofeedback signals inform the dancer's choreography through the Laban Effort movement qualities.

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