Designing the EP Trio: Instrument Identities, Control and Performance Practice in an Electronic Chamber Music Ensemble

Donald, Erika and Duinker, Ben and Britton, Eliot

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper outlines the formation of the Expanded Performance (EP) trio, a chamber ensemble comprised of electriccello with sensor bow, augmented digital percussion, anddigital turntable with mixer. Decisions relating to physical set-ups and control capabilities, sonic identities, andmappings of each instrument, as well as their roles withinthe ensemble, are explored. The contributions of these factors to the design of a coherent, expressive ensemble andits emerging performance practice are considered. The trioproposes solutions to creation, rehearsal and performanceissues in ensemble live electronics.