Interference Arts engages in a variety of arts-based research activities exploring the use of new technological resources in service of creative endeavors, directed towards increasing our understanding of the world and the role of the arts in human development.


Configurable Space


Photo: Marion Gray (c) 1987

In 1987 Artistic Director Craig Harris launched a long term research and design project entitled Configurable Space, exploring future creative work environments, the creative process and the use of new technological resources to support artistic functions.

The fundamental premise hypothesizes that it is possible to develop integrated, technological resources that encompass the breadth of our beings in all of its complexity. These comprehensive resources would allow us to deepen our understanding of ourselves, and to communicate on these deeper levels in a conscious and purposeful manner.

Configurable Space is directed towards the development of a balanced understanding about how we use the visual, aural, tactile, and configurable capabilities of digital technologies, and how the tools developed affect ways that we think, feel, formulate, and develop on intellectual, spiritual, and emotional planes. In addition to advancing the understanding of our use of new technologies in a variety of human endeavors, the goal of this initiative was to influence the development of technological resources, and to interfere with a development trend that reinforced limited perspectives of how we use these tools.

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Music Notation and Contemporary Performance Practice


3D Music RepresentationInterference Arts research in the arena of Music Notation and Contemporary Performance Practice looks far into the future to envision the future of music and music making, and uses this as a foundation for exploring the current conditions to identify a path towards realizing the vision that these resources make possible.

The innovation of computer-based musical resources has altered the landscape for the creation and dissemination of music, with wide ranging impact on all of these aspects of musical practice. The evolution of Western music notation over the last millennium reveals vital dynamic relationships among music composition, instrument development, performance practice and audience engagement. This research is an exploration of how multi-dimensional notation and representation systems can significantly enhance all of these aspects of music making.

This research highlights what is considered to be a stagnating condition in the evolution of contemporary music and music making that needs to be addressed if the artform is to continue to serve its role as both a reflection of our culture, and as an active change agent in creating our future.

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