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      Open, High and Low: Getting Deep in the Sound Source Code

      RE:SOUND 2019 – 8th International Conference on Media Art, Science, and Technology (RE:SOUND 2019)

      Media Art, Science, and Technology

      August 20-23, 2019

      Computer music, Open source code, High and low programming languages, Art, Technology, Live coding

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          This text presents a research progress about the relationship between artistic practice and technological development in the field of sound and computer music made with code. In this context, the materials of sound artists and computer musicians are the textual code and the sound generated or controlled by the code. The discussion is related to an apparent dissociation between artistic practice and technological development. To understand this relationship I start from the computer science’s concept of high and low programming levels. Based on this, I observe that artistic practice is usually centred in the high level while technological development points out to both levels. To study this relationship I designed a graph in which artistic practice and technological development have the categories of layers and are connected to the high and low levels by the source code. The access to lower levels makes it possible to understand the control structures that define modes of artistic production of the software, which implies somehow different discourses and questions. This is possible when the source code of software is open, but in order to understand the technological structures in lower levels, from an artistic perspective, a specialized knowledge is required.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Conference
                August 2019
                August 2019
                : 99-103
                Affiliations
                Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

                Posgrado en Música

                Xicoténcatl 126, Mexico City, 04100, Mexico
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/RESOUND19.16
                © Ramírez. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of RE:SOUND 2019

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                RE:SOUND 2019 – 8th International Conference on Media Art, Science, and Technology
                RE:SOUND 2019
                8
                Aalborg, Denmark
                August 20-23, 2019
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Media Art, Science, and Technology
                Product
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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