Interface to the world: On interactive music

Internet, tablets and smartphones create endless new possibilities for the creation, performance and presentation of music. MATRIX invited music journalist Monika Pasiecznik to explore concrete examples of encounters between music and technology. The result is an overview of interactive music, from its past to its present, and even its future.

Interface to the world has been created in the context of the project 3 x new.

3 x new stands for new music from the twenty-first century, new media and new audiences. The art music from the still young twenty-first century is often designed by a multidisciplinar character: stage direction, light design and scenography conquer the traditional stage and the understanding of the concept ‘music theatre’ gets a much wider definition than the classical opera.

Technology is everywhere: computer programs, video and even social media are part of the artistic resources of composers. In this hyperdiverse field MATRIX searches for starting points to get a larger audience acquainted with the music that is been written today. We selected four subjects, on which we focus on one by one for two years: new music and video, new music and interactivity, new music and theatre and the virtual concert hall. With customized guest readings and workshops in classrooms and the publication of additional and accessible background information, MATRIX wants to encourage young people and adults to get over their cold feet and wants to open ears and mind to the music of this century.

3 x new is supported by Cera. With about 400.000 associates Cera is the largest coöperation of Belgium. Cera brings together people, resources and organisations, joins forces, takes initiatives and realises valuable projects with a clear purpose: all together investing in welfare en well-being.