Conference paper Open Access
Pardue, Laurel; Armitage, Jack; Bhamra, Kuljit
Petrified Wood brings together three exciting cutting-edge improvisers, from disparate musical realms to create new musical interactions utilizing novel new instruments and exploring the potential for live-coding in a musically interactive setting. The trio consists of the duo Jack Armitage (live-coding) and Laurel Pardue (svampolin) joined by the legendary composer, producer, musician, and pioneer of Bhangra, Kuljit Bhamra MBE (electronic tabla and percussion). The performance features two novel alternative instruments designed to play, present, feel like, and even sound like the acoustic instruments on which they are modelled, but can equally sound completely unlike the originals. The svampolin, a hybrid electro-acoustic violin is a functional decomposition and recomposition of the violin retaining the instrument’s acoustic sonic physicality while enabling audio signal modi cation. Meanwhile, the electronic tabla, developed as part of e orts to make tabla learning more accessible, can be used in more traditional roles either as a regular tabla or as an interface to control any array of expressive percussive instruments. Lastly, Jack Armitage brings his expertise and musicianship as a live-coder to not only provide music and texture, but to resample and reframe instrumental player’s ideas live or, through remote control of the svampolin, redefine performer intimacy as the coder alters the svampolin’s performative results in real-time. Changing the instrument’s functionality during a piece, the player and coder are able to shift the role of the instrument from structure to behaviour, or to freely transition between lutherie and performance.