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Alumna Maria Mannone Gives Invited Talk at Research Institute of Electrical Communication Tohoku University

November 27, 2017

Maria Mannone (2017, PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet) gave an invited talk titled "Music, Interface, Expressivity" at the Research Institute of Electrical Communication Tohoku University (Sendai) on November 22, during her second research trip to Japan.

Abstract: Musical performance translates into physical parameters all the expressive content of a musical piece and all that guided the composer in the creation process. Such a work requires instruments (and performers). Together with this “top-down” approach, there also is a “down-top”: the specific technical characteristics of musical instruments, with their advantages and limitations, can influence the compositional thinking. The continuous dialogue between music and its interfaces does not only involve acoustic instruments but also our ‘inner’ instrument, that is, the human voice. It also involves electronic instruments and new interfaces for artistic expression. In the first part of the presentation, we see examples of how the content can influence the musical interfaces, and the interface can influence the content. In the second part of the presentation, we focus on the translation of the same content from an artistic medium to another. We consider the case of music and visual arts, with examples of the two opposite processes of visualization and sonification. We end the presentation with references to a mathematical model that can constitute the framework of these translations.