An exploration of technological agency in improvisational contexts
Authors: Davis, T.
Start date: 22 December 2015
Despite a long history of the use of technology in creation of musical outputs and a growing body of literature examining the relationship between humans and technology there has been a lack of discussion examining specifically how the use of technology influences the act of creating music. This paper sets out some of the relevant areas found in the field of Philosophy of Technology that problematises and theorises the relationship between humans and technology in creative acts and situates this discussion in a practice based project developed in partnership with Dr Paul Stapleton. The project involves improvised performance on custom made instruments and thus this paper specifically addresses these notions within the context of technologically-mediated improvisation.