The first part of the investigation will focus on how to build vibrating speakers with different characteristics which can be controlled electronically through sound sources from an IPad or computer. I am interested in the manufacture of a speaker with enough power to deal with frequencies in the low register.
Having a broad band of frequencies at my disposal, I will investigate how to prepare the skin with various objects and study the wide sonic results given by the preparation and manipulation. The result of this research will culminate in new music works for percussion.
In my opinion it is crucial that this kind of research is led by the musician him/herself with his/her instrument.
Traditionally, the musician has been the tool for the composers to develop and explore “new techniques” and new musical material. During my research I will argue the importance of the artist being both the explorer and the creator and possibly bridging the gap between the musician and the creator in many aspects. It is my intention to create a new tool (the vibrating speaker), new musical works and a practice which can be beneficial for future studies of percussion as well as composers and interdisciplinary artists. I intend to collaborate with the percussion students at the Academy, expanding the research in direction of ensemble playing.
In the process of building the vibrating speakers I will seek and initiate a collaboration with NOTAM and technician Marcus Hasli Johnsen.