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Biotechnological Performance Practice

2012 | A curated publication with essays by key contributors to the field of performance and biotechnology

  • Stelarc - Third Arm
  • Atau Tanaka - Biomuse
  • Marco Donnarumma - Xth Sense / Hypo Chrysos

“Biotechnological Performance Practice” is the first comprehensive publication of writings and essays focusing on performance artists and musicians using biological technology. Curated and edited by performer and writer Marco Donnarumma with chief editor jef chippewa, it features essays by key contributors to the field, including Stelarc, Atau Tanaka, and the Biomuse Trio.

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“Biological technologies are computational systems driven by physiological and corporeal processes of the body. Endogenous mechanisms that would otherwise be imperceptible become manifest in the form of data. But data alone is not music. Composers and performers need to escape a mere scientific analysis to deliver successful musical strategies. The field of biotechnological music performance is presented here through a set of fascinating articles describing heterogeneous methodologies and idiosyncratic musical ideas.

Notwithstanding four decades of research, this field had remained somewhat loose so far. Although the common literature includes several publications and papers, the field has suffered a subtle fragmentation. Having dedicated most of my recent work and passion to this field I cannot deny my excitement about having been invited to be Guest Editor for this issue of eContact! To present what, to the best of our knowledge, represents the first publication encompassing all fields of biotechnological performance practice is rather thrilling. I hope this volume will be a first step towards the confluence of diverse biotechnological music studies into a unified research field, and I wish to thank all our contributors and staff who relentlessly worked for this long-needed contribution to knowledge.”

Marco Donnarumma

The electronic journal of electroacoustics. Four issues per year.
Published by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community since 1997.

Journal électronique pour l’électroacoustique. Quatre numéros par année.
Publié par la Communauté électroacoustique canadienne depuis 1997.
14.2 — Biotechnological Performance Practice /
Pratiques de performance biotechnologique

Published in July 2012 | Publié en juillet 2012
Production Team / Équipe de production

Guest Editor | Rédacteur invité
Marco Donnarumma

Coordinating and Copy Editor | Éditeur-coordonnateur et de copie
jef chippewa

Production and Web Administration | Production et Administration Web
Yves Gigon

French Translation | Traduction Française
Yves Charuest

English Translation | Traduction Anglaise
jef chippewa

Productions electro Productions (PeP)

Articles © The Authors | Les auteurs
Support / Soutien

The CEC thanks the Canada Council’s Writing & Publishing Section for supporting the journal since its launch in 1997, and the SOCAN Foundation for their assistance through the Core Funding Programme.
La CEC tient à remercier le Conseil des arts du Canada (section Lettres et édition) pour son soutien à eContact! depuis sa première édition en 1997, ainsi que la Fondation SOCAN pour ses Subventions de fonctionnement.