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Materiality for Musical Expressions: an Approach to Interdisciplinary Syllabus Development for NIME

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  • Rikard Lindell, Mälardalens högskola i Eskilstuna och Västerås, Sweden
  • Koray Tahiroğlu, Aalto University, Finland
  • Morten S. Riis
  • Jennie Schaeffer, Mälardalens högskola i Eskilstuna och Västerås, Sweden
We organised an elven day intense course in materiality for musical expressions to explore underlying principles of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) in higher education. We grounded the course in different aspects of ma-teriality and gathered interdisciplinary student teams from three Nordic universities. Electronic music instrument makers participated in providing the course. In eleven days the students designed and built interfaces for musical expressions , composed a piece, and performed at the Norberg electronic music festival. The students explored the relationship between technology and possible musical expression with a strong connection to culture and place. The emphasis on performance provided closure and motivated teams to move forward in their design and artistic processes. On the basis of the course we discuss an interdisciplinary NIME course syllabus, and we infer that it benefits from grounding in materiality and in the place with a strong reference to culture
Original languageEnglish
JournalNIME Proceedings
Pages (from-to)344-349
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventNew Interfaces for Musical Expression - Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 11 Jul 201615 Jul 2016


ConferenceNew Interfaces for Musical Expression
LocationGriffith University
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