Using a ‘performer-centric’ working method, artistic researchers Joel Diegert and Adrián Artacho investigate the potential of integrating the saxophone with real-time electronics. The musical work, 'aubiome', is used as a case study to demonstrate their collaborative co-creative approach. The six-stage, iterative working process that emerged during the aubiome project is broken down and described in detail.
Saxophonist Joel Diegert and composer Adrián Artacho began a collaboration in 2014 with a question about real-time electronics in contemporary music: what kind of works could be produced if the electronics were treated as a ‘part of’ the saxophone? In this presentation they look at the composer-performer relationship with a particular interest in projects that employ real-time electronics. They will describe some of the challenges that can arise in co-creative work and offer strategies for collaboration that center on the idea of ‘overlapping competencies’. The work aubiome for soprano saxophone and live electronics, which was developed during Joel’s doctoral research, will be referenced as a case study.