The Clarinet as a Tangible Acoustic Interface: New Features


This article supports the concept that a clarinet can be transformed and considered as a Tangible Acoustic Interface (TAI), when under the influence of new media art or digital components, and several approaches to achieve it. The traditional instrument, developed over centuries by luthier´s handcraft in collaboration with instrumentalists and composers, underwent an evolution triggered by digital means in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Instrumentalists became researchers and began to explore digital paths by augmenting and actuating their instruments. This exploration brought new properties and directions for its performance and conceptions regarding the connection between the actors involved - instrumentalist, instrument, computer, microphone, software, and others. By comparing and analysing concepts of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) focused on the instrumentalist-clarinettist -, this paper discusses new features which have arisen from the new concept of TAI. These data result from an expanded vision of the subject and first-person experience. Lastly, the TAI concept offers a point of view where the instrument can also be a communication channel between different domains, connecting the instrumentalist with other realities and giving the possibility to seek new artistic paths.

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Rui Travasso, Polytechnic Institute of Beja, Portugal

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Conference: BAMC2023
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theater

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Travasso R. (2023) The Clarinet as a Tangible Acoustic Interface: New Features ISSN: 2435-9475 – The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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