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Transforming Practice with Digital Scores: Developments and Challenges in a Transcontinental Residency

Robertson, Jaslyn; Moroz, Solomiya; Hope, Cat; Vear, Craig; Sanadzadeh, Iran; Svoboda, Helen; Sobek, Chloë

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Jaslyn Robertson

Cat Hope

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Professor in Music & Computer Science

Iran Sanadzadeh

Helen Svoboda

Chloë Sobek


This article examines how practice-based researchers in a transcontinental intensive residency transformed their practice and developed their skills through composing digital scores. Four researchers from an Australian university undertook an intensive residency in Hamburg, focused on creating and performing new digital scores. An analytical study of this residency was conducted, centred around each researcher's connection to the materials, experiences of flow, changes in digital musicianship and transformations. The study revealed both challenges and illuminating experiences for the researchers. Each composition went through significant changes during, before and after the transcontinental project, resulting in changes to the digital scores, directions for interpretation, and the researchers' established artistic practices. Exposure to new environments and facilities allowed them to develop fresh approaches to collaboration and technology. Engaging with digital scores led to new skills being developed and new collaborative projects with each other and international musicians. The intensive and transcontinental nature of the project resulted in significant developments to the skills and approaches of the four researchers.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 11, 2024
Deposit Date Apr 16, 2024
Publicly Available Date Apr 23, 2024
Print ISSN 0040-2982
Electronic ISSN 1478-2286
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 78
Issue 309
Keywords digital musicianship, residency, australian composers, digital technology, practice-based research
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