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Instrument Design and Mimetic Theory

WIGHAM, Philip and BOEHM, Carola (2017) Instrument Design and Mimetic Theory. Scottish Music Review, 5. ISSN 1755-4934

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This paper will explore mimetic principles relevant for music performance and instrument design. It will describe elements important for understanding basic interaction between visual, sounding and gestural aspects of experiencing instrument performance and illustrate how music controllers may be enhanced through devising specific design concepts based on mimetic theory.
Example instruments designed according to these principles will be presented, specifically the BazerBow and its various prototypes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The portfolio is made up of one conference paper published in 2016 and one journal article from 2017, first presenting the idea and design methods and critical underpinnings derived from principles informed by mimetic theories and then moving on to describing the implementation and incremental design stages. The purpose of these design principles was to create new and innovative digital music instruments. Even though mimetic theories are known to be important in the communication, engagement and expression of music performance, this ongoing enquiry represented the first consolidated effort to develop design principles from mimetic theories. In the first article, a development cycle is being proposed to evaluate and improve the design principles with a first prototype presented with generically applicable design principles described that draw from underlying theories around empathy, communicative musicality and mimetic participation. The 2017 article revisited and deepened elements important for understanding basic interaction between visual, sounding and gestural aspects of experiencing instrument performance and illustrated how music controllers are able to be enhanced through devising specific design concepts based on mimetic theory. A number of example instruments designed according to these principles were presented, specifically the BazerBow and various later prototypes.
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Humanities and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Carola BOEHM
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 09:03
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 10:16
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4781

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