The human body as an instrument: an investigation into its music

Croft, G 2015, The human body as an instrument: an investigation into its music, Masters by Research, Art, RMIT University.


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Croft.pdf Thesis Click to show the corresponding preview/stream application/pdf;... 89.29MB
Disc01_File01.mp3 1. Body Sound Suite, 31 August 2013: Soundscape of the Heart, (01:18:57). audio/mpeg 1.50MB
Disc01_File02.mp3 2. Body Sound Suite, 31 August 2013: Breath Soundscape, (01:23:17). audio/mpeg 1.59MB
Disc01_File03.mp3 3. Body Sound Suite, 31 August 2013: Soundscape of the Gut, (01:24:64). audio/mpeg 1.64MB
Disc01_File04.mp3 4. Household Object Improvisations: Improvisation for Paper and Heart Sounds, 2 April 2013, (01:52:71). audio/mpeg 2.15MB
Disc01_File05.mp3 5. Phasing Investigations: Heart Sound Study, 9 September 2013, (04:0:19). audio/mpeg 4.68MB
Disc01_File06.mp3 6. Body Sound Processing: Modified Heart Sounds in Max/MSP, 6 May 2013, (01:14:23). audio/mpeg 1.42MB
Disc01_File07.mp3 7. Body Sound Processing: Modified Heart Sounds, White Noise and Environmental Sounds, 6 May 2013, (01:17:21). audio/mpeg 1.47MB
Disc01_File08.mp3 8. The Territory of the Body: Gut Sounds Study, 24 April 2014, (03:02:66). audio/mpeg 3.49MB
Disc01_File09.mp3 9. Containing and Elaborating the Body in Time: Juxtapositions, 19 August 2013, (04:55:55). audio/mpeg 5.64MB
Disc01_File10.mp3 10. Soundwalk at Tolmie, 15 September 2013, (02:10:58). audio/mpeg 2.49MB
Disc01_File11.mp3 11. Soundwalk at the Cheviot Tunnel, Yea, Victoria, 18 April 2014, (05:00:14). audio/mpeg 5.73MB
Disc01_File12.mp3 12. Soundwalk along Spencer Street, Melbourne, opposite the Great Southern Hotel, 24 April 2014, (04:21:37). audio/mpeg 4.99MB
Disc01_File13.mp3 13. The Body and Alto Flute (excerpt), 4 October 2013, (00:56:35). audio/mpeg 1.08MB
Disc01_File14.mp3 14. The Body, Improvisation, and Contra-Alto Clarinet (excerpt), 15 October 2013, (01:29:12). audio/mpeg 1.70MB
Disc01_File15.mp3 15. Bass Flute and Breath Sounds (Belinda Woods), and Contra-Alto Clarinet and Breath Sounds (Graeme Croft), 19 March 2014, (07:18:22). audio/mpeg 8.36MB
Disc01_File16.mp3 16. Body Sound Duet (Ben Simmons and Graeme Croft), including soundscape material from a soundwalk at the Cheviot Tunnel, Yea, Victoria, 31 January 2014. Recorded 9 September 2014 (07:12:34). audio/mpeg 8.25MB
Disc02_File01.mp3 1. First Mix, Soundwalk at Tolmie, 31 January 2014, (02:43:74). audio/mpeg 3.09MB
Disc02_File02.mp3 2. Second Mix, Soundwalk at Tolmie, 31 January 2014, (02:43:74). audio/mpeg 3.09MB
Disc02_File03.mp3 3. Third Mix, Soundwalk at Tolmie, 31 January 2014, (02:41:70). audio/mpeg 3.09MB
Title The human body as an instrument: an investigation into its music
Author(s) Croft, G
Year 2015
Abstract This project has involved investigating how the history and practice of music which incorporates the sounds of the internal body can be used as a basis of new sonic art works, how technology can advance our understanding of the internal body as a musical source of sound, and what is revealed through the composition of sonic art works which incorporate these sounds.

My research has been informed both by theoretical views which advocate for all sounds being legitimate materials for composition, and by a range of practitioners and their works, such as the Cyprian-born Australian artist Stelarc, the American artist Lauren Lesko, the New York-based multimedia performer Charlemagne Palestine, and the English performer and composer, Andre Borges.

This research has led to the development of methods for the mobile recording of body sounds and for performing body sounds live, as well as to recorded sound works and live performances.

It has also led to knowledge about body sounds and ‘point of audition’ (Chion, M 1994), embodied listening, influenced by the ideas of the philosopher Drew Leder (Leder, D 1990), and the ‘Ubiquity’ and ‘Repetition Effects’ as they apply to body sound recordings (Augoyard J-F & Torgue, H 2005).
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Sound Art
Improvised Performance
Soundscape Composition
Body sounds
Live art
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