Map-making towards an onto-cartography of the digital audio workstation
Australasian Computer Music Association
Place of Publication
University of Technology Sydney
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
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.