Music Notation and Contemporary Performance Practice

Interference 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.


This evolution over the last millennium reveals vital dynamic relationships among music composition, instrument development, performance practice, and audience engagement. The innovation of computer-based resources has altered the landscape for creating and disseminating music, with wide-ranging impact. The Configurable Space research project offers insights into the future creative environment and points towards an approach to music performance, composition, and instrument design.

From Theory to Concept to Performance

Music reflects culture, including its collective values and place. Our research conceptualizes—and implements—spaces that facilitate music and performance creation and experience. This informs our creative projects and arts-based community development activities.

Related to this research is an exploration of how multi-dimensional notation and representation systems can enhance music-making. It highlights what is considered a stagnating condition that needs to be addressed for music to keep reflecting our culture and creating our future.

A multi-dimensional notation system can provide different views of information customized to serve composers, performers, conductors, or instrument designers. It can establish a platform that serves as a creation and performance model to represent diverse generative and presentational creative purposes. Plus, it can embody our ability to create and control sounds and sound environments in multi-dimensional space.