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The Building of Boutique Effects Pedals—The “Where” of Improvisation

The Building of Boutique Effects Pedals—The “Where” of Improvisation Based on 2 years of ethnographic fieldwork with builders of boutique music effects boxes, this essay explores the ways in which improvisation figures into the creation of music technology. The author argues that expanding the rubric of improvisation to encompass the processes of designing and building effects boxes pushes scholars to understand relationships between music and improvisation as existing beyond the boundaries of performance. Ultimately he posits that improvisatory behavior and exploratory engagement with material at hand is central to building pedals, and should be assessed as part of the continuum of social-aesthetic practices composing music making. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leonardo Music Journal MIT Press

The Building of Boutique Effects Pedals—The “Where” of Improvisation

Leonardo Music Journal , Volume December 2010 (20) – Dec 1, 2010

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2010 ISAST
Subject
Articles
ISSN
0961-1215
eISSN
1531-4812
DOI
10.1162/LMJ_a_00014
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Abstract

Based on 2 years of ethnographic fieldwork with builders of boutique music effects boxes, this essay explores the ways in which improvisation figures into the creation of music technology. The author argues that expanding the rubric of improvisation to encompass the processes of designing and building effects boxes pushes scholars to understand relationships between music and improvisation as existing beyond the boundaries of performance. Ultimately he posits that improvisatory behavior and exploratory engagement with material at hand is central to building pedals, and should be assessed as part of the continuum of social-aesthetic practices composing music making.

Journal

Leonardo Music JournalMIT Press

Published: Dec 1, 2010

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