Ever-shifting roles in building, composing and performing with digital musical instruments

Koray Tahiroğlu*

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    It is widely accepted that computational technologies shape the relationship of musicians, instrument builders and composers with music, affecting various socio-cultural realisms in music. In this article, I discuss in what ways music-making still emerges as a social construct, even as a result of the mutual cooperation with human musicians and AI-powered autonomous instruments. I argue that building, making, and performing with a digital musical instrument has undergone a gradual socio-technological change that has affected art, science, technology, culture and communities in general. I support my investigation through the current performance and composition practice of the autonomous AI-terity musical instrument.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)155-164
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of New Music Research
    Issue number2
    Early online date20 Mar 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2021
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • artificial intelligence
    • autonomous instruments
    • Digital musical instruments
    • instrument building
    • shifting roles
    • socio-cultural transformations
    • technological adaptation


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