The Grid in Sound: How the Tools Shape Us

GRID 2020 Abstracts

The Grid in Sound:
How the Tools Shape Us

Prof. Dr. Josef (Seppo) Gründler
FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences

Session III: The Grid – Artistic Impressions
Monday, November 23, 2020 | 13:30-14:30 (Duet A)

In electronic music grids are everywhere, full of light, full of color, full of promise, full of sounds. Grid-interfaces for electronic music can be used for everything from sequencing to modulation, being interface and multimodal display, instrument and score at the same time. Beyond this we can also understand maps of field recordings, soundscapes and sound-mappings as followers of the grid. On the aesthetic side the grid-interfaces determined whole genres of music, they are a perfect showcase of how wearing the hats of science, art, design and engineering leads to new products and concepts for generating music, acoustic artifacts or listening to them.
So the development and use of grid interfaces like monome, launchpad, software-grids and maps etc. functions as a blueprint to show the interconnection between these different design practices and fields of competence. Besides it demonstrates how the idea of grid-interfaces developed and how the switch morphed with a pixel and also as McLuhan sad “We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.”