Computing and Library Services - delivering an inspiring information environment

To Sing the Body Electric: Instruments and Effort in the Performance of Electronic Music

d'Escrivan, Julio (2006) To Sing the Body Electric: Instruments and Effort in the Performance of Electronic Music. Contemporary Music Review, 25 (1-2). pp. 183-191. ISSN 0749-4467

PDF (pre-print version) - Submitted Version
Download (153kB) | Preview


    Visualized emotion can be transmitted through minimal physical gestures in a musical performance; this process can be described as ‘sentic’, a term originally coined by Manfred Clynes in the 1970s during research into the effects of space travel. The development of alternate musical instruments from the 1960s up to the present day breaks the traditional musical paradigm of effort in performance. This development also shadows concepts of space exploration technology such as teleoperation. Musical instruments can be evaluated in terms of a new musical effort paradigm; a young generation seems content to accept that there may be no apparent correlation between input effort and sound output. This article explores what a contemporary notion of effort might be, inspired by a reading of Walt Whitman’s poem ‘I Sing the Body Electric’.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
    Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
    Depositing User: Julio D'Escrivan Rincon
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 10:31
    Last Modified: 07 Nov 2012 10:31


    Downloads per month over past year

    Repository Staff Only: item control page

    View Item

    University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH Copyright and Disclaimer All rights reserved ©