Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2012

Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Craig Dongoski

Second Advisor

Pamela Longobardi

Third Advisor

Matthew Sugarman

Abstract

AURAL REGENERATION

by

MYRNA LEE PRONCHUK

Under the Direction of Craig Dongoski

ABSTRACT

The aim of this thesis is to survey the abstraction of the human experience obscuring the confines between form and expression, sound and visual, experience and imitation. In establishing multiple levels of communication, I began with gathering discarded found objects, which I repurposed through building hybrid musical sculptures. The act of mark making mapped out systems and direction, and escalated into a form of hybrid musical notation. Both forms of hybrids informed each other in its development process. When the hybrid instruments and notation were placed in an environment together with the elements of Digital Signal Processing (DSP), it created a natural progression for performance. The objects required interaction: to be hit, tapped, bowed and plucked, with their sounds processed through DSP, and projected back into the audience, who participated in creating interactivity. In producing mechanical musical instruments, along with mark making, installation and experimental sound recordings, a platform is established allowing for a dialogue between audio and visual elements, and human experience.

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