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IDAF 2014: Practice and Research in Music: Play, Translation, Education. 19-21 February 2014

Kingston University – 19-21 February 2014

Coombehurst Studio – admission free


Kingston University’s Improvisation and Digital aArts Festival (IDAF) is an explosion of performances, workshops, seminars and talks from KU Music staff, students and guests taking place from 19th until 21st February 2014.

This year the festival theme is “Practice and Research in Music: Play, Translation, Education”. On three consecutive days, three exciting fields of composition and research will be explored in presentations by leading researchers in the field as well in workshops and live performances by innovative composers and musicians.



Playing with Music


Day one of IDAF centres on the multimedial and interactive genre of videogame music.

Game music transforms musical composing and listening. It underlines multimedial plots but is distinguished from other multimedial genres by its interactivity. Listening to game music, moreover, is performative: a game has to be played for music to be heard. Game music also transforms musicological research, as it necessitates new approaches to musical multimediality, musical performance, and musical immersion. Lectures and performances will explore the many dimensions of interactive composing and its translation into interactive research.



Translating Music


Day two of IDAF centres on improvisation and digital music as a form of cultural and medial exchange.

Why do some musical genres travel more easily than others beyond culture and language? How do we integrate and transfer cultural meanings and codes via musical styles? In what way do we translate, or interpret, different musical styles, approaches and techniques within an interdisciplinary intercultural context? Exploring the interpersonal, intercultural, intralinguistic and interlinguistic bridges on which music and translation intersect, the day examines how texts, words, meanings and technologies linked to music are currently translated, transferred to new systems, adapted or appropriated.



Teaching Music


Day three of IDAF centres on the transformation of education through improvisation and digital music.

Both improvisation and the digital treatment of sound are transformative practices, liberating composers and performers from, amongst other things, the philosophical and psychological effects of using conventional notational practices. They invite new approaches and challenge established ideas about the nature of the musical work, how it is taught and esteemed. How should we value an improvisation that is ephemeral in nature (or should we capture it through recording)? How should we value a digital music performance that involves little visible performing skill or conventional virtuosity? How do these practices impact on the nature of the musical end product? How do we teach students to improvise? All of these areas will be illuminated through a series of papers, workshops and performances.

IDAF Music Prize

We are currently accepting entries for the IDAF 2014 Music Prize, the winner will be announced shortly after the deadline.