Title

Map-making towards an onto-cartography of the digital audio workstation

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Australasian Computer Music Association

Place of Publication

University of Technology Sydney

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

RAS ID

20739

Comments

Originally published as: Terren, M., & Hope, C. (2015). Map-Making Towards an Onto-Cartography of the Digital Audio Workstation. Paper presented at the Australasian Computer Music Conference, Sydney. Original paper available here.

Abstract

Levi Bryant’s concept of “onto-cartography,” (2014) or “map-making,” presents a compelling framework for understanding complex systems, objects, and media. Map-making involves understanding these in terms of the operations of their constituent parts, what Bryant terms “machines.” This “machine-oriented ontology” can be applied in order to map the digital audio workstation (DAW), a complex medium that pervades the creation of virtually all recorded music today, yet has evaded sustained critical investigation as a mediator of recorded sound. Using Bryant’s four kinds of maps as a framework, the ways map-making might contribute to more nuanced understandings of the DAW, and how such a framework can lead to new compositional methodologies using the DAW, are explored.

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