Hill Publishing Group | contact@hillpublisher.com

Hill Publishing Group

Location:Home / Journals / The Educational Review, USA /

DOI:10.26855/er.2019.07.002

My Practice of Live Performance of Spatial Electronic Dance Music

Date: July 15,2019 |Hits: 912 Download PDF How to cite this paper

Sebastien Lavoie

University of Huddersfield

*Corresponding author: Sebastien Lavoie

Email: sebastien.lavoie.1@gmail.com

Abstract

In this commentary I will discuss the technical implementation of sound spatialisation in EDM (electronic dance music) performance practice and outline my compositional approaches involving these techniques. The use of space as a musical parameter in EDM is becoming more common as the accessibility of the technology increases. The technical means of performance and the sonic material combine to create a unique musical aesthetic and listening experience in EDM culture. An historical overview of compositions using spatial considerations as a main musical parameter will situate my work within this artistic practice. Different implementations and propositions of sound spatialisation, as well as the principal locations dedicated to this form of activity will be discussed to contextualise my work.
A fundamental part of my research concerns the use of spatialisation tools and techniques to enhance EDM through an immersive sound experience. Concepts and notions of musical ‘flow’ and live improvisation have shaped this research and the compositional and performance aesthetics that have come to underpin my creative practice. Furthermore, the idea of immersivity and the sublime have informed my compositional thinking, and this will be assessed in relation to my objective to create an enhanced listening experience in my live performances. A discussion of the blurred roles of composer/producer/performer will demonstrate how I consider my live performance practice to redefine what a composer of EDM can be. Thus, I consider this research to propose a viable model for modern EDM composers.

References

Attali, Jacques (1985). Noise: The political economy of music. Vol. 16. Manchester: University of Manchester Press.
Bissell, Arthur D. (1921). The role of expectation in music. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Brillenburg Wurth, C. A. W. (2002). The musically sublime: infinity, indeterminacy, irresolvability s.n. University of Groningen.
Burke, Edmund, and J. T. Boulton (1958). A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful. 1967 reprint. ed. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Csíkszentmihályi, Mihály (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper & Row.
Csíkszentmihályi, Mihály (1997). Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.
Dyson, Frances (2009). Sounding new media: Immersion and embodiment in the arts and culture. 1st ed. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Emmerson, Simon (2007;2017;2013). Living electronic music. Aldershot: Ashgate. 

Ferreira, Pedro Peixoto (2008). When sound meets movement: Performance in electronic dance music. Leonardo Music Journal 18: 17-20.

Kant, Immanuel, et al. (2007). Critique of judgement. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Krims, Adam (2000). The Hip Hop Sublime as a Form of Commodification found in Music and marx: Ideas, practice, politics. (2002) New York: Routledge.
Rothlein, Jordan (2015). A 60-speaker, 22-channel system will bring "an unparalleled music experience" to the main room of the long-running London nightclub. (https://www.residentadvisor.net/news/32448)
Schaeffer, Pierre (1959). Musique concrète et connaissance de l'objet musical. Revue Belge De Musicologie / Belgisch Tijdschrift Voor Muziekwetenschap 13 (1/4).

How to cite this paper

My Practice of Live Performance of Spatial Electronic Dance Music



How to cite this paper: Lavoie S. (2019). My Practice of Live Performance of Spatial Electronic Dance Music. The Educational Review, USA, 3(7), 67-74.

DOI: 10.26855/er.2019.07.002

Free HPG Newsletters

Add your e-mail address to receive free newsletters from Hill Publishing Group.

Contact us

Hill Publishing Group

8825 53rd Ave

Elmhurst, NY 11373, USA

E-mail: contact@hillpublisher.com

Copyright © 2019 Hill Publishing Group Inc. All Rights Reserved.