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PANEL: Bodies In Technology And In New Media

Melvin Backstrom, George Blake, Rebecca Caines, James Gordon Williams

Published: 2010-09-08

Four different presentations explore the body in relation to new media/technologies. James Gordon Williams presents a paper entitled: "Chopped 'n' Screwed: T-Pain's Improvising Body as a Virtual Simulacrum for Agency". Rebecca Caines presents a paper entitled: "(e)Scaping the Body: Working with Communities in New Media Improvisation". Melvin Backstrom presents a paper entitled: "'Was That Really a Performance?': Laptop Music and its Specters". George Blake presents a paper entitled: "A New Rhythm to an Old Form: Tradition, Innovation, and the Trope of Syncopation in 'Late Minstrelsy'".

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Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace