2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Tubatronics: An Unconventional Venture into the Process of Creating and Performing a Piece for Tuba and Electronics

Emma E. Palumbo* and Theodore D. Greer
Dr. Charles Gran, Faculty Mentor

Since the twentieth century, composers have experimented with electronics to push the boundaries of what is considered music. This has resulted in a specialized field of music marked by innovation and improvisation with a variety of instruments. Despite the tuba’s flexibility and versatility, it is underrepresented in modern electronic compositions. 

Beginning with a video of a recorded performance of our piece for tuba and electronics, we will discuss the considerations necessary for the composition and performance of a piece that combines the use of technology and unconventional methods of tuba performance. It discusses the process of composition, as well as insights learned upon reflection. This includes the use of a live tubist demonstrating the extended techniques employed in the composition and an overview of the technology and notation incorporated.


Keywords: tuba, electronics, music, composition

Interdisciplinary Studies
Computer Science

Presentation Type: Face-to-Face Oral Presentation

Session: 302-1
Location: SUB Activities Room
Time: 1:30

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