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Discussion

New instruments and evolving performance practices

Music has always been at the forefront of technological adoption, and this is no truer than in today's electronic music.

Searching for fresh ways to perform their music, some artists are moving from commercial MIDI devices toward custom gestural controllers that embody new performance paradigms. The growth of the DIY hardware community and the Conference on New Instruments for Musical Expression have expanded our notion of the kinds of devices we can use to play music, and how music can be played.

This panel will explore the current state of the art in new instruments and their corresponding performance practices. What trends can be seen and what are the open questions? How can creators balance the multiple roles of artist, performer and engineer? How are audience expectations evolving? What opportunities are there for exchange between the club and the concert hall? And finally, will we ultimately see a wider adoption of these ideas?