Reimagining redundant technologies as a catalyst for new compositional techniques

Timothy Tate (PhD)

Redundant audio technologies including magnetic-tape, turntables and early samplers are classed as low fidelity audio technologies. Today a minority of practitioners favour these technologies, using hacking/circuit bending techniques to build new instruments, yet their main use lie in performance and installation environments. This project serves to reimagine these redundant technologies as instruments for live performance and tools for sonic transformation, acting as catalysts for new compositional techniques. The reimagining of these technologies as instruments, and the resulting compositional techniques, will be documented alongside their use in a portfolio of creative practices and a written thesis and interactive website.