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Imaginary Spaces: New Malaysian performance contexts for intercultural exploration

Edition: Organised Sound 19(2), 164-172

Date: 2014


Origin: UK

Type of media: Article

Language: English

Editor: M.B.


The Imaginary Space: Developing models for an emergent
Malaysian/Western electroacoustic music is a Fundamental
Research Grant Scheme project funded by the Malaysian
government in which intercultural investigation is centred
within an electroacoustic performance environment. A unique
series of music outcomes and potential models reflecting a
symbiosis of Malaysian and Western art music through
composition and performance are emerging for instrument(s)
and electronics. This paper focuses on the first and second
phases of the project investigating Western flute, Malaysian
serunai and pensol nose flute with electronics. Multi-stranded
investigations of connections are identified within the
conception, composition, realisation and reception of these
works. Performer perspectives are given through two case
studies. Our purpose is to illuminate understandings of
intercultural connections, to begin to re-conceptualise cultural
research paradigms, and to see what we can discover about
performance contexts and engagement with individuals,
cultures and traditions. The research is contextualised within
the philosophical theories of Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty and
Ingold. Investigating the role of technology in this context
impels a discussion of how these elements generate a new,
multifaceted environment, the space in which intercultural
and performative understandings can emerge. This article
focuses on how these performance contexts become a place
for research and new understandings.