In this project artistic researcher and composer Anders Lind explores a mobile phone orchestra model, addressing youths as performers, within contemporary art music.
The project is linked to the overall field of New Media Art. Research is conducted within the field of New Interfaces for Musical Expressions (NIME) intersecting areas as; participatory art, mobile music, audience participation and animated notation.
The performance model mobilephoneorchestra.com is developed by Lind in collaboration with a programmer and a graphic designer. The model challenges a number of conventional norms for a music performance. Young people aged 15-18 are active musicians. They use the mobile phone as musical instrument. They perform polyphonic electronic sounds. They play together with professional musicians (who use traditional instruments). Such changes in norms for a performance require new types of instruments, new approaches for notation, new ways of conducting, which entail the need for a broadened view of music composition and performance practice. Through expressive composition and performance, this project intends to explore artistic possibilities and limitations with a novel mobile phone orchestra model as a new practice for performing contemporary art music. Further, this project aims to generate new knowledge on performance mediums (instrument, score, conductor) suitable for target groups who may not understand the complex musical codes embedded in the traditional score and conductor mediums. The research is conducted through several short iterations. A media ecology theoretical perspective is guiding the research processes. Lind´s work on this mobile phone orchestra model has so far generated artistic publications (compositions and performances) and research outputs in international contexts.