Nouveau livre : Sound Actions – conceptualizing musical instruments

Il y a un nouveau livre tout juste sortie, gratuit dans sa version pdf, par un compositeur, prof à l’université d’Oslo, Alexander Refsum Jensenius.

Ça pose la question « qu’est-ce qu’un instrument de musique »

How do new technologies change how we perform and perceive music? What happens when composers build instruments, performers write code, p »erceivers become producers, and instruments play themselves? The answers to these pivotal questions entail a meeting point between interactive music technology and embodied music cognition, what author Alexander Refsum Jensenius calls “embodied music technology.” Moving between objective description and subjective narrative of his own musical experiences, Jensenius explores why music makes people move, how the human body can be used in musical interaction, and how new technologies allow for active musical experiences. The development of new music technologies, he demonstrates, has fundamentally changed how music is performed and perceived.

voir la page du livre et un lien de download pour le pdf :

The book is available as a free download (Open Access) and paper copies can be purchased from many online shops and hopefully some physical bookshops too.

Table of contents

Part I Musicking
1 Music as an Active Process 3
2 Music as an Embodied Process 23
3 Musical Instruments 39

Part II Embodiment
4 Music-Related Body Motion 53
5 Functional Aspects 71
6 Representations of Sound Actions 85

Part III Interaction
7 Action–Sound Couplings 99
8 Action–Sound Mappings 123
9 Spatiotemporality 159

Part IV Affection
10 From Ivory to Silicone 177
11 Unconventional Instruments 205
12 Performing in the Air 219