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Uncanny Materialities: Digital Strategies for Staging Supernatural Themes Drawn from Medieval Ballads

Uncanny Materialities: Digital Strategies for Staging Supernatural Themes Drawn from Medieval... In the medieval tradition of ballads, a recurring theme is that of transformation. In a staged concert for chamber orchestra, singers and dancers called Varelser och Ballader (Beings and Ballads), we explored this theme using ballads coupled with contemporary poetry and new music. The performance made use of custom-made digital musical instruments, using video analysis and large-scale physical interfaces for transformative purposes. In this article, we describe the piece itself as well as how uncanny qualities of the digital were used to emphasize eerie themes of transformation and deception by the supernatural beings found in the medieval ballads. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leonardo Music Journal MIT Press

Uncanny Materialities: Digital Strategies for Staging Supernatural Themes Drawn from Medieval Ballads

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MIT Press
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0961-1215
eISSN
1531-4812
DOI
10.1162/LMJ_a_01020
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Abstract

In the medieval tradition of ballads, a recurring theme is that of transformation. In a staged concert for chamber orchestra, singers and dancers called Varelser och Ballader (Beings and Ballads), we explored this theme using ballads coupled with contemporary poetry and new music. The performance made use of custom-made digital musical instruments, using video analysis and large-scale physical interfaces for transformative purposes. In this article, we describe the piece itself as well as how uncanny qualities of the digital were used to emphasize eerie themes of transformation and deception by the supernatural beings found in the medieval ballads.

Journal

Leonardo Music JournalMIT Press

Published: Dec 3, 2017

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