The Instrument

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From the point of view of musical tradition, playing a running machine is an antagonism to playing a musical instrument. As soon as the instrument contains a part of the score, either as a running program (as with a pianola, other musicautomata or digital software) or as a sounding music structure (a DJ's turntable or a sampler), the traditional division of composition and performance, which includes as an essential moment the independent interpretation of the structure defined in the score (the work), is broken through.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Bloomsbury Handbook of the Anthropology of Sound
EditorsHolger Schulze
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Publication date2021
Article number3
ISBN (print)978-1-5013-3539-6
ISBN (electronic)978-1-5013-3542-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021