“The end goal is identifying every music maker in the space and their works past and present… accelerating and improving collaboration …” The future of Mycelia is about "decentralised, open governance, looking to nature and viable systems thinking for direction... it's about earning, adapting, sharing… as a self-sustaining organism.” —Imogen Heap “If you want to play it, it's a good guitar. If it does you harm, it's a bad guitar. Some guitars are both good and bad at the same time.’ —Markus Reuter The Limits of Guitar is a collab studio exploring the limits of musical expression and instrument design. In this course, students will test both the physical and virtual limits of sonic production. At its core, the collab asks: what forms of sound, what kinds of [networked] musical instruments, could be uniquely able in our contemporary world to support a radical philosophy of music, going beyond current limits of aesthetics and politics in sound? We will draw on 5+ years of ongoing collaboration with the most renowned guitar and instrument designers in the world, who have joined our Future and Limits of Guitar series. We will also collaborate intensively with leading musicians, including Tanya Kalmanovitch [Mannes, co-lead on the Post Genre Instruments project] and Elliott Sharp [renowned NY guitarist, composer, and CTM Fellow 2014]. Across the semester, a series of guest workshops with instrument designers, builders, coders, and musicians will provide foundation and cutting edge interaction. Hands on workshops with luthiers will take place in studio as well as the Parsons Making Center. Salons, symposia and performances across the spring will include our collab students and their work. The outcome of this collab will run the gamut from new instruments you have designed and built, to new musical forms of expression you have invented and performed, to new sound software platforms you have designed and coded. The semester will conclude with a multi-day conference and performance series. Students and guest faculty in the collab will participate in these events. Musicians and non musicians are welcome! Bring a love for sound in all its forms! The collab is supported by Parsons MFADT; Mannes School of Music; The Making Center; the Provost’s Office Innovations in Education Fund grant; the Center for Transformative Media; as well as outside sponsors including Strandberg Guitars, Positive Grid, and more.
Open to: All university graduate students, upper-level undergraduate degree students with permission