Case Studies

One of the best ways to grapple with the issues raised in The Digital Musician is to look at some examples of real-life digital musicians. The case studies provide just such examples.

They come from a wide range of backgrounds, represent several nationalities and make music in many ways, but all are heavily involved with digital technologies. Some of the case studies are famous, some relatively little known: it makes no difference to their status as illustrative examples. All have engaged deeply with digital technologies by using them in a sophisticated and committed way. They were asked the following questions:

  • Why do you make music?
  • What music do you make?
  • How do you make music?
  • Is any of your sound-based work not ‘music’ as such and, if not, what is it?
  • How do you describe yourself (e.g., are you a performer, a composer, a technologist, an engineer, some combination of these or, indeed, something else) and why?
  • What is the cultural context for your work—how are you influenced by music from other cultures or the other arts?
  • What skills and attributes do you consider to be essential for you as a musician?
  • Do you have any other useful or relevant things to say about being a musician in the digital age?

In addition, each case study was asked some specialist questions that delved deeper into their area of expertise.

Edition 2

The Case Studies for Edition 2 (2012) were: Oswald Berthold; Nick Collins; Julio d'Escriván; Ambrose Field; Rob Godman; Chris Joseph: Thor Magnusson; Kaffe Matthews; Randall Packer; Pauline Oliveros; Synthia Payne; Quantazelle; John Richards; Sophy Smith; Atau Tanaka; Martyn Ware

Here is a downloadable pdf of their interviews and biographical information.

Edition 1

The Case Studies for Edition 1 (2008) were: Oswald Berthold; Nick Collins; Julio d'Escriván; Chris Joseph: Thor Magnusson; Kaffe Matthews; Randall Packer; Quantazelle; John Richards; Sophy Smith; Atau Tanaka; Martyn Ware

Here is a downloadable pdf of their interviews and biographical information.