Switch, Blend, Aggregate, Divide: Multi-instrumental Configurations and Interaction Dynamics in Garlic Hug

Alessandro Altavilla, Papaioannou Helen

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Our duo Garlic Hug was inspired by a curiosity to experiment with ideas, scenarios and processes that change the way we interact with each other during a performance. Inherent to this has been a combination of analogue, digital and acoustic instruments, which we use as a floating set of possibilities to draw from. As a relatively young project, we have explored different ways of performing with these sound sources within a single set, as well as exploiting their potential to create switches in sound palettes and their associated contexts. These persistent changes in instrumental configurations come together with shifts in the nature of our interaction, as we enjoy remoulding our relationship from piece to piece.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Specialist publicationRiffs: Experimental writing on popular music
PublisherBirmingham City University
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Music performance
  • Computer music
  • Improvisation

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