Published July 22, 2020 | Version v1
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Playing the nUFO



"Will new digital instruments become part of the current musico-industrial framework with composers, publishers, producers, sound engineers, performers, concert halls, media, critics, audience? Or do they belong to a new age of musical practice? What is a new digital instrument? How do we play it? Who composes for it? Where does it fit in our culture? And is it a sustainable thing?" Thor Magnusson poses these questions in "sonic writing" (2019), and they all directly apply to the nUFO I’ve been developing over the past 3 years. They inform the conceptual background of the piece, with my personal answers to them becoming the initial sound material. Oscillating between clear intelligibility and complex processing blended with layers of abstract synthesis, the piece offers multiple auditory perspectives on these questions.



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