A Hole in the World, for Electric Guitar and MAX

  • Author / Creator
    Wall, David G
  • A Hole in the World is an open composition for prepared electric guitar, archival
    recording, and audio programming. Text-fragments culled from my father’s recorded
    autobiography serve as the focal point of the piece. Transformations of these text-fragments
    within the audio programming language Max are created using the Kinect motion sensor
    camera, and through use of the computer keyboard. Invoking my father with the use of
    computer technology highlights the relationships between myself and my father, between
    human and machine, between composer and performer, and between the real and the virtual.
    These relationships are played out over the course of three movements. Each of the three
    movements is conceived of as a unique “memory-space.” Each contains related texts, and each
    constructs sonic relationships between electric guitar textures and Max patches. The goal of the
    project is to begin to define a method of composition that allows for the acceptance of nonhuman
    others as part of a collaborative process. In order to do this, I use a process of
    decentering to explore ideas of multiplicity, boundary dissolution, non-human centric
    composition, and connection with nonhuman others.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2015
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Doctor of Music
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  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Eagle, David (Music)
    • Smallwood, Scott (Music)
    • Quamen, Harvey (English and Film Studies)
    • Gramit, David (Music)