Crafting the patch: Composer-performer collaboration at the interface between experimentation and skill

Marij van Gorkom
2019 Zenodo  
Drawing on my own experience in practice, this paper examines issues that performers encounter in rehearsing with a patch operated by the composer. Following the work of Emily Payne I characterise musical performance as a craft practice. From Tim Ingold's work on skilled practices I extract a number of key qualities that are essential to the performer's craft. These qualities allow me to resolve difficulties performers encounter in rehearsing with a patch. I show that, typically, the composer's
more » ... lly, the composer's approach to the patch in rehearsal does not satisfy the qualities of a skilled practice. I propose that, if we change the way we relate to the patch in rehearsal to fit a skilled practice, performers will be better enabled to practice their craft.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3714575 fatcat:abdzbu7bsnafhouzww4ladiqhm