Inventor Composer Coaction (ICC)
Interdisciplinary collaboration from new musical inventions to new musical creations
The Inventor Composer Coaction is a novel project designed to facilitate collaboration between composers and developers of bespoke digital or electronic instruments, for the creation of new music. It will take place at the Department of Music, University of Edinburgh, during the first half of 2012.
We invited inventors of new musical instruments to submit examples of their work. A pulbic archive of these instruments can now be found under the 'instruments' tab above. The submissions were reviewed by a group of upcoming and established postgraduate composers at the University of Edinburgh. The composers have each selected an instrument by way of a voting process. Over a three month period they will compose a new work for the instrument and the Red Note Ensemble, assisted through close communication with the inventor. The compositions will be performed in a concert of new music at the Jam House, Edinburgh, on May 9th 2012.
See the concert page for full event details.
The project aims to create discussion and make progress in the following areas:
- Context: Can diverse personalised instruments be used within the wider community?
- Notation: How will notation be used in the compositional process, and what form will it take?
- Practice: How can we establish a performance practice of live electronics and new digital musical instruments, and raise awareness of the many issues involved? How can this be integrated into the existing practice of professional musicians?
- Participation: Can we provide an opportunity for composers to work within a medium of which they may have no prior technical knowledge?
- Archiving: Creating a public database of new electronic or digital instruments.
ICC is generously supported by an Innovation Initiative Grant from the Edinburgh Fund, and by the Roberts' Fund for Researcher-Led Initiatives.