How to hack performers

Project leader:
Koka Nikoladze

Project period:
2015 –

Research centre:
NordART

Approach:
Research

Topic:
Composition, Music technology, Role of the performer

Fellowship project
Ph.D in Performance Practice

Can customized music technology enhance the practitioner’s practice? This is one of the questions PhD student Koka Nikoladze will address in his project.

Many composers address the question on how to hack a performer. Successful adoption of technology in composition has greatly increased complexity of composed music, but development of performance practice does not yet conform to this evolution.

Human performers have limitations, such as for example the amount and complexity of information that they can read and render, an incapability to objectively measuring loudness by ear, variable sense of time, difficulties of adjusting intonation in microtonal steps, etc. Koka’s research argues that many of such limitations can be bypassed by technology assistance.

The research will investigate how technology can make performers more precise. In other words, how can technology extend the limits of musical notation and the precision of performance practice by introducing visual, aural and tactile feedback during performance? Another question of the research is how to communicate technology with traditionally trained performers in the way, which is understandable, natural or intuitive to them.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination Acoustic/Music). During the research Nikoladze will interview a number of composers and performers and also hold laboratory experiments at the Norwegian Academy of Music to test and evaluate impact of technology involvement on performance. The laboratory experiments will focus on intonation, dynamic, time and timbre precision during performance by implementing technology tools in as unobtrusive way as possible.

Project leader

Koka Nikoladze

Koka Nikoladze

Research Fellow

Performance Practice



Last updated: 28. February 2016