Physical Movement in Computer-Based Live Performance

Becki Whitton

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Abstract

Striking a balance between interacting with gear on stage and performing with strong physical energy can be a major hurdle for many electronic musicians. In this talk, Becki reflects on the developments of her own live show to suggest some strategies to overcome this obstacle, with a specific focus on four key questions that any artist can use to help develop their on-stage performance.

The emphasis of this talk is on the ability of every artist to find a means of physical expression live that will enable them to preserve both the intricacy and detail of their arrangements as well as an on-stage electricity and present engagement with the audience.

Becki will also examine the ways that different stage settings and strategies in stage lighting (from no-budget DIY ideas to higher-budget #goals) can support different movement styles for electronic sets. This talk is intended for artists who are already making music and want to translate it into a live show, artists who haven’t made electronic music yet but who are keen to delve into that side of composition and performance, and artists who are already performing computer-based music live but would like a new lens through which to approach their physicality and stagecraft.

Bio

Becki Whitton is an engineer, songwriter and producer working out of Melbourne’s Rolling Stock Recording Rooms. She works in a range of styles from pop and hip hop (G Flip, Allday) to ambient and experimental music (Brambles, Rainbow Chan). For the last four years she has managed sound for Girls Rock! Camp ACT. In her solo electronic-choral project Aphir, Becki has been hailed by Triple J's Tim Shiel as part of ‘Australia’s new wave of female electronic innovators’ and has performed around Australia and internationally including performances at Music Tech Fest (Berlin), Denmark Arts (WA), and Falls Festival.