What If Your Instrument Is Invisible?
As an electronic musician I am largely occupied with capturing and manipulation of sound in real time—specifically the sound of instruments being played by other musicians. Also being a singer, I’ve found that both of my instruments are often perceived as “invisible”. This article discusses various strategies I developed, over a number of years, in order to “play” sound manipulations in musically reactive ways, to create a live sound-processing “instrument”. Problems were encountered in explaining what I do to other musicians, audience, and audio engineers about what I do, technically and musically. These difficulties caused me to develop specific ways to address the aesthetic issues of live sound-processing, and to better incorporate my body into performance, both of which ultimately helped alleviate the invisibility problem and make better music.
KeywordsElectronic Instrument Comb Filter Leap Motion Rhythmic Structure Sound Processing
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