Digital Musical Instruments as Probes: How computation changes the mode-of-being of musical instruments

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Research units

  • University of Sussex
  • London South Bank University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London


This article explores how computation opens up possibilities for new musical practices to emerge through technology design. Using the notion of the cultural probe as a lens, we consider the digital musical instrument as an experimental device that yields findings across the fields of music, sociology and acoustics. As part of an artistic-research methodology, the instrumental object as a probe is offered as a means for artists to answer questions that are often formulated outside semantic language. This article considers how computation plays an important role in the authors’ personal performance practices in different ways, which reflect the changed mode-of-being of new musical instruments and our individual and collective relations with them.


Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganised Sound
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Apr 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • new interfaces for music expression, digital musical interactions, digital musical instruments

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