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Hugh Davies's Electroacoustic Musical Instruments and their Relation to Present-Day Live Coding Practice: Some Historic Precedents and Similarities

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{
  "publisher": "ICSRiM, University of Leeds", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.19319", 
  "ISBN": "9780853163404", 
  "container_title": "Proceedings of the First International Conference on Live Coding", 
  "title": "Hugh Davies's Electroacoustic Musical Instruments and their Relation to Present-Day Live Coding Practice: Some Historic Precedents and Similarities", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2015, 
        7, 
        13
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>The purpose of this paper is to present the self-built electroacoustic musical instruments of Hugh Davies&nbsp;(1943-2005) to the international live coding community, and to propose points of similarity between&nbsp;Davies&rsquo;s practice and present-day live coding practice. In the first part of the paper, the context within&nbsp;which Davies&rsquo;s instrument-building practice developed, in the late 1960s, is outlined, and a number of&nbsp;specific instruments are described. Aspects of Davies&rsquo;s performance style, repertoire, and the ensembles&nbsp;with which he performed are discussed, as are activities such as instrument-building workshops and public&nbsp;exhibitions of instruments, in which he regularly participated. In the second part of the paper, four areas of&nbsp;connection with present-day live coding practice are suggested. Respectively, these focus upon live coding&rsquo;s&nbsp;status: (1) as part of a long historic tradition of live electronic music performance (as opposed to electronic&nbsp;music constructed in the studio); (2) as a practice in which the performer him or herself builds the apparatus&nbsp;(whether physical or code-based) through which the music is mediated; (3) as an improvised or semi-improvised art-form in which music is developed in real time, within a framework bounded by material or&nbsp;quasi-material constraints; and (4) as a community of practice with a distinct agenda of promoting&nbsp;understanding through engagement. This paper is presented as a case study in exploring live coding&rsquo;s&nbsp;historic precedents, and as a contribution toward situating live coding within a broader historical, cultural&nbsp;context.</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Mooney"
    }
  ], 
  "page": "53-62", 
  "publisher_place": "Leeds, UK", 
  "type": "paper-conference", 
  "id": "19319"
}
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