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dc.contributor.convenorProfessor Margaret Kartomien_US
dc.contributor.authorHumphrey, Timen_US
dc.contributor.authorFlynn, Madeleineen_US
dc.description.abstractTony Yap is a leading Australian contemporary dance performer who grew up in Malaysia. From mid-2002 he has collaborated with designer/dramaturg Michael Pearce and Musicians/Composers Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey in an Arts Research project, funded by Arts Victoria, investigating the Taoist trance tradition of his childhood in Malaysia. The resulting translation from a traditional religious practice into contemporary performance has allowed a unique ‘devotional’ form to emerge. The paper will report on the relationship that has emerged between the dancer and the musicians during the process. This relationship showed itself during performances as a shifting pattern that phased between convergence, parallelism and independence. The relationship formalised into patterns of cross-modal dissonance and consonance between the dancer and the musicians. Two techniques were prominent in the process. The first technique – firstly, the distillation of sound objects within a framework that merged music with visual design, and secondly, the technique of ‘dynamic immersion’. The first technique combined the ‘traditional’ aesthetic of elemental sound instruments with a contemporary ‘western’ performance setting. The second technique was realised through the acute and dynamic tuning of the acoustic space. The limited realisation of dynamic immersion created a surface of sound that was flexible and responsive to the dancers’ actions. The immersive environment not only responded to the dancer but also acted on him.en_US
dc.publisherInternational Musicological Societyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencenameSymposium of the International Musicological Societyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitleSymposium of the International Musicological Societyen_US
dc.relation.ispartoflocationMelbourne, Australiaen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMusicology and Ethnomusicologyen_US
dc.titleContemporary Music for Ancient Dance: Ethno/musicolgoical?en_US
dc.typeConference output
dc.type.descriptionConference Publications (Extract Paper)en_US
gro.facultyArts, Education and Lawen_US
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gro.griffith.authorHumphrey, Tim

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