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Extended techniques and the paradigms of agencying sound materials

Grant number: 15/20236-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2016
Effective date (End): May 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Music
Principal researcher:Silvio Ferraz Mello Filho
Grantee:Sergio Kafejian Cardoso Franco
Home Institution: Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):16/15484-1 - New technological developments in interactive electroacoustic music systems, BE.EP.PD


Aiming to understand how the sonorities arising from the extended techniques - whether acoustic or electronic - has transformed the compositional processes, this project aims to develop a series of works exploring the new models of compositional strategies that have arisen as a result of this sounds material change. The project will start analyzing the musical construction strategies of selected works in which the focus is the exploration of extended techniques. In a second step, this research will produce a series of authorial works exploring the compositional organization new models. The project is expected to have duration of two years and two months, including an international research internship. The first phase will last eight months and will consist in the analysis of compositional strategies in the following works: temA (Helmut Lachenmann); Come vengono prodotti gli Inca incantesimi? (Salvatore Sciarrino); Altreschegge di corner (Salvatore Sciarrino); Sei quartetti brevi (Salvatore Sciarrino). The analyzes will make use of analytical tools developed by composers such as Silvio Ferraz, Didier Guigue, Salvatore Sciarrino, as well as strategies developed by the researcher during the project. At this stage will be important points of evaluation: effectiveness of new models of compositional materials management aroused by the new sonorities explored by the researcher; effectiveness of analytical tools developed by the author. The second phase consists in a research internship, lasting twelve months, with the BC-CCM (Brooklyn College - Centre for Computer Music), Center of excellence in research of The City University of New York. At this stage of research, the focus will be released on the new possibilities of production and agencying sound material that results from real time sound processing tools. In particular, it will be examined how the use of technology is transforming the aesthetic and poiétics of contemporary musical creation, as well as what changes are taking shape in the relationship between composer, performer and performance. At this stage, the researcher expected to complete a sound manipulation digital application for use in real time, and, at least, two works exploring these new potentials. This research stage will consist of three steps. The first step consists in carrying out experiments of functionality and suitability of electroacoustics processing tools. The selection of application tools will follow the following criteria: technical quality of their processing; flexibility and agility in handling the parameters that determine their processing; potential for interaction with other tools of the digital application. The evaluation of the results will be based on the effectiveness of these new technologies in building a musical discourse in which the agency of the material models are established on the basis laid by this research. The third phase, which will last for six months, consists in the presentation of the results obtained during the internship abroad; in the analysis of compositional strategies in the work No hay caminos, hay que caminar..Andrej Tarkowsky (Luigi Nono); In the formulation of its results in the form of a work involving the two types of extended sounds investigated in two phases. In Brazil, this project will be developed in collaboration with the Department of Music of the University of São Paulo - especially with course XX and XXI Music Performance, coordinated by Luis Antonio Eugenio Alfonso, Ricardo Bologna, Eliana Tokeshi and Silvio Ferraz, with the research group Time Written: compositional strategies, coordinated by professors Silvio Ferraz. The project will also collaborate with the researches conducted at the Federal University of Uberlândia, and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

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