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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