Developing a Hybrid Contrabass Recorder Resistances, Expression, Gestures and Rhetoric

Grossmann, Cesar M.

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper I describe aspects that have been involved in my experience of developing a hybrid instrument. The process of transformation and extension of the instrument is informed by ideas concerning the intrinsic communication aspects of musical activities. Decisions taken for designing the instrument and performing with it take into account the hypothesis that there are ontological levels of human reception in music that are related to the intercorporeal. Arguing that it is necessary to encounter resistances for achieving expression, it is suggested that new instrumental development ought to reflect on the concern for keeping the natural connections of live performances.