Innovation in Music 2019

On Dec 5th, I attended the InMusic 2019 conference at the University of West London. I was presenting the paper, "Hearing and Feeling Memories: Connecting Image, Sound and Haptic Feedback to Create a Multisensory Experience of Photographs". The paper discusses the process of how converting an image into sound can be used to generate an auditory and tactile relationship with photographs, a medium which ordinarily affects a singular sense. In the process of converting an image into sound, haptic feedback can be integrated into the process to allow for the greater amplification of the tangible properties of sound. In doing so a photograph could be both heard and felt. This process has been used to explore how data and artefacts can also be incorporated when generating a musical composition from a photograph.

This was my first experience presenting at an external conference. The conference allowed me to gain a greater understanding of the positionality of my research in relation to the wider field of music technology. What was particularly useful was the breadth of the paper presentations. This ranged from the exploration of procedural music technology in theatre (Matt Dalgliesh and Sarah Whitfield), the state of cyber security in music technology (Andy Farnell) and block-based programming environments that supports educator's confidence in teaching music (Corey Ford). As my practice based research is multi-disciplinary and has a wide scope within its self, being present at such a broad conference was incredibly beneficial. Lots of food for thought!

In regards to my own presentation, the comments in respects to the future developments of the research have been very valuable. In particular, how exploring the notion of listener competence could be beneficial to the research. At present the research into connecting image, sound and haptic feedback to create a multi-sensory experience of photographs has been focused on my own relationship with loss. In the future I would be interested to investigate how this image-to-sound process could be further abstracted as a creative method for others to cope with bereavement. It was suggested that workshops that could allow others to create creative links between the artefacts of lost loved ones, could be a way of broadening the research.