Idiomatic Composition Practices for New Musical Instruments: Context, Background and Current Applications

Juan Vasquez Gomez, Koray Tahiroglu, Johan Kildal

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    One of the reasons of why some musical instruments more successfully continue their evolution and actively take part in the history of music is partially attributed to the existing compositions made specically for them, pieces that remain and are still played over a long period of time. This is something we know, performing these compositions keeps the characteristics of the instruments alive and able to survive. This paper presents our contribution to this discussion with a context and historical background for idiomatic compositions. Looking beyond the classical era, we discuss how the concept of idiomatic music has influenced research and composition practices in the NIME community; drawing more attention in the way current idiomatic composition practices considered specic NIME aordances for sonic, social and spatial interaction. We present particular projects that establish idiomatic writing as a part of a new repertoire for new musical instruments. The idiomatic writing approach to composing music for NIME can shift the unique characteristics of new instruments to a more established musical identity, providing a shared understanding and a common literature to the community.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the international conference on new interfaces for musical expression
    PublisherInternational Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2017
    MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression - Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 15 May 201719 May 2017

    Publication series

    PublisherNew Interfaces for Musical Expression
    ISSN (Electronic)2220-4806


    ConferenceInternational Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
    Abbreviated titleNIME
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    • Idiomatic composition
    • repertoire for new musical instruments
    • NIME


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