Appropriating Technology: The use of hackable technology within composition and sound design

Lucy Harrison

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


New developments within gaming mean that powerful interactive technology is now available within the home.
Working within the Max environment, composers are able to hack these devices and appropriate them to enhance compositional work.

This poster displays the impact of the appropriation of technology on new composition and sound design, using examples of composition work created as part of my ongoing PhD in composition at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

The poster shows
• Uses of the technology within the wider field of composition and sound design, both in a concert hall and wider setting.
• The impact that appropriated technology has had on the ability of the composer to experiment with new techniques and uses of technology
• How appropriated technology could increase the level of audience engagement with new interactive sound design
• Potential future developments of composition with the use of hackable tech and how this will be influenced by developments within gaming
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2014
EventIRCAM Forum Workshops 2014 - IRCAM - Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Duration: 19 Nov 201421 Nov 2014


WorkshopIRCAM Forum Workshops 2014


  • Music Technology
  • Interactive Sound Design
  • New technology
  • Public engagement

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