Audio-Art, Notes Towards a Definition
A performance, usually of a solo composition which allows considerable freedom to the performer,
given by a musician or an artist from another medium, that involves a specially constructed, modified
or assembled instrumentarium (everything from found objects to sound sculptures, and-treated
in new ways-form traditional musical instruments to computer-controlled synthesizers),
in which a substantial role is played by visual or the atrical elements.
Audio-Art also includes earlier mixed media forms such as instrumental Theatre and - when sound
or music is used as an integral part - Performance Art, as well as parallel developments such
as the radio Hörspiel.
In performance the relationship between the audio-artist and the audience is normally more informal,
either more relaxed or more aggressive, than with conventional musical or theatrical performances.
The work of an audio-artist combines three elements that are normally carried out by three very
- the craftperson: musical instrument builder or electronic designer (hardware or software)
- the composer
- the performer or interpreter
© Hugh Davies
Publiziert im Programmheft der 3. Akademie 1995