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Artificial extensions of acoustics in music practice

Digitalization opens an endless amount of possibilities for the improvisational performance practice. Although there are countless performers and composers active within this technological field, there is a lack of user friendly access that helps musicians to make the step in the direction of this supplementary sound world. In practice, often there is a gap between the technological improvement and the musical application of soft- and hardware equipment.
Responding to this gap, technological experimental research is being conducted. This research is being essayed in practice by an ensemble consisting of Vitja Pauwels, Hendrik Lasure and Casper Van De Velde. In this way the addition is being explored that electronics can be for acoustic instruments (respectively guitar, piano and drums), with as a starting point the studio situation that shifts towards the stage - the live situation.
The aim of this research is to make musicians capable to change their acoustic sound by using electronic techniques and equipment, with regard for interaction in between musicians. The manageability of recent technological equipment is crucial because the applicability within an improvisational context is intended.
The methodology of this research consists of four recurring steps: exploration of acoustic capabilities of each instrument, exploration and development of artificial extensions using soft- and hardware, exploration and development of possibilities in terms of adaptivity (mutual manipulation) and reflection (feedback).