Musical Instruments in the 21st Century

Identities, Configurations, Practices

  • Till Bovermann
  • Alberto de Campo
  • Hauke Egermann
  • Sarah-Indriyati Hardjowirogo
  • Stefan Weinzierl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Till Bovermann, Alberto de Campo, Hauke Egermann, Sarah Hardjowirogo, Stefan Weinzierl
    Pages 1-5
  3. Think Know Reflect

  4. Design Make Create

  5. Compose Play Perform

  6. Listen Perceive Feel

About this book


By exploring the many different types and forms of contemporary musical instruments, this book contributes to a better understanding of the conditions of instrumentality in the 21st century. Providing insights from science, humanities and the arts, authors from a wide range of disciplines discuss the following questions:

·         What are the conditions under which an object is recognized as a musical instrument?

·         What are the actions and procedures typically associated with musical instruments?

·         What kind of (mental and physical) knowledge do we access in order to recognize or use something as a musical instrument?

·         How is this knowledge being shaped by cultural conventions and temporal conditions?

·         How do algorithmic processes 'change the game' of musical performance, and as a result, how do they affect notions of instrumentality?

·         How do we address the question of instrumental identity within an instrument's design process?

·         What properties can be used to differentiate successful and unsuccessful instruments? Do these properties also contribute to the instrumentality of an object in general? What does success mean within an artistic, commercial, technological, or scientific context?


Musical Instrumentality Virtual Musical Instrument. Instrumental Assemblage Interactive Musical Instruments Pitch Coding Musical Instrument Design Instrumental Modality Real-Time Music Performances Audience’s Experience Digital Musical Instruments

Editors and affiliations

  • Till Bovermann
    • 1
  • Alberto de Campo
    • 2
  • Hauke Egermann
    • 3
  • Sarah-Indriyati Hardjowirogo
    • 4
  • Stefan Weinzierl
    • 5
  1. 1.Institut für zeitbasierte MedienUniversität der Künste BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institut für zeitbasierte MedienUniversität der Künste BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Department of MusicUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Audio Communication GroupTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  5. 5.Audio Communication GroupTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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