This week I had the great opportunity to participate in the panel discussion as part of the launch of the book NIME Reader Fifteen Years of New Interfaces for Musical Expression co-edited by Alexander Refsum Jensenius. I shared the panel with a variety of artists-scholars from different backgrounds between the panelists including composer Tellef Kvitte, percussionist Kjell Tore Innervik, interactive musician Charles Martin, popular music scholar Ragnhild Brøvig-Hanssen, and sound artist Trond Lossius.
Alexander proposed the panel to reflect on our experiences and respond to the questions of: what is a musical instrument?; why is it interesting to create new musical instruments?; how new instruments influence the performers?; and what is the future of musical instruments?.
I reflected on Installation(s) for improvisatory networked sonic performance as instrument and for me it was a great opportunity to bring in the discussion the idea of agency (rather than control), collaborative environments to connect (technologies, people, ideas, through sound), and the future of new instruments and distributed systems. Envisioning INTIMAL as a new system for installation(s) within networked improvisatory performances I highlighted the importance of listening and making relations between complex interactions: listening, remembering, expressing, and listening again in the improvisatory cycle through mediations, that expand our perception of sound as it travels in time and space, transforming fixed narratives.