Conference Presentation on Hugh Davies’s Self-Built Instruments

I recently presented a paper at the International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (iFIMPaC), which took place at Leeds College of Music on 12-13 March 2015.

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In the paper – which was rather verbosely entitled ‘Hugh Davies’s Self-Built Instruments and their relation to Present-Day Electronic and Digital Instrument-Building Practices: Towards Common Themes’ – I discussed Davies’s instrument-building practice and introduced a few of his self-built instruments. (Davies built well over 100 instruments in his life-time; only a few of these were discussed here.)

I then went on to talk about some more recent practice, including the work of Lee Patterson, Luke Fowler, and others, that has been influenced by Davies’s instrument-building, briefly explaining the nature of the influence. I also  discussed – somewhat more speculatively – some possible connections between Davies’s instrument-building practice and the present-day practice of live-coding (which involves using computer programming languages in a live performance, to generate or manipulate music or visuals in real-time).

A version of the presentation that has been converted into an essay can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here (Academia.edu login may be required). Alternatively, an online version of the presentation itself – comprising PowerPoint slides and a recorded narration – can be viewed here.

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(Thank you to Stephen Pearse for the image.)

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