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Instruments numériques et performances musicales : enjeux ontologiques et esthétiques

Abstract : Can we claim that computers and digital instruments are real musical instruments ? According to classical definitions, we cannot. However, nowadays many digital systems are being used to play music, calling for a reconsideration of the classical definitions of a musical instrument. This thesis investigates the ontological status of digital instruments and the aesthetics offered by them in music performances. We examine digital systems involving digital and algorithmic sound generation, including instruments with gestural interfaces, MIDI controllers, music software, laptop orchestra performances, and live coding. We seek to determine the conditions under which digital instruments can be considered real musical instruments. We explore the new dynamics emerging through the use of these new instruments. Digital instruments lead to the production of musical works particularly oriented towards performances, in which the visual component is an integral part of the experience. Digital instruments relate to temporality and space on the stage in a novel way, and there is a tight connection between digital instruments and the performances produced with them.
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Madeleine Le Bouteiller. Instruments numériques et performances musicales : enjeux ontologiques et esthétiques. Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. Université de Strasbourg, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020STRAC002⟩. ⟨tel-02860790⟩



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