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The Equalizer: Amplifying artistic resonance and reducing mental dissonance in artistic processes
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Music and dance.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2250-3939
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Music, media and Theatre.
2019 (English)In: Futures of Music in Higher Education / [ed] Ronny Lindeborg & Erkki Huovinen, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Equalizer is a pilot carried out in higher music education at the School of Music in Piteå. During my session I want to present the design and the tangible devices hopefully together with some preliminary findings and most certain, a lot of new questions. I will try to keep the presentation short and use the competence in NNMPF for sharing and discussing semiexperimental methods’ curses and blessings. Introduction In higher music education, techniques for expanding creativity and bodily awareness have traditionally focused on instrumental skills and “in-music” aspects. Voices have been raised for facilitating mind-body integration and for a more holistic approach to creative processes. Tutor experiences have paid attention to student’s need for understanding their own creativity and innovative strategies. Earlier research has actualized the challenges with performance anxiety and methodological development within first-person measurement and technology. Observed challenges with stress, anxiety, self-actualization and emotional stability in music making practices have raised awareness of the need for new ways of facilitating students’ artistic development in higher music education. Transformative Technology and high tech optimizing technologies in the health, sport and adventure sectors are filling personal curiosity and needs. The intention to support change and development or optimizing processes and abilities make the technology transformative. This technology, in the form of (DIY) gadgets and applications, involves procedures and products that offer the user in-depth feedback. This feedback can involve figures, diagrams, sounds, colours, shapes etc as representations of inner states of mind and or body. The development of transformative technology, hitherto mostly done by commercial and market forces, has placed academia in a peripheral position. One starting point in this project is the assumption that by increasing attention and awareness of what we here label as the “first instrument”, i.e., the human herself, artists can apply valid self-regulating strategies that both heightens creative processes as well as supports a sustainable working life. This intunement ought to be of great importance when it comes to an artistic performance but also in composing and learning strategies. Aims This pilot aims to increase knowledge about how transformative technologies can contribute to awareness of the organization, identification and interpretation of sensory information, embodied behaviours and cognitive strategies in relation to creative processes. The longterm goal is to make it NNMPF2019, Stockholm Senior Papers 41 possible to understand and choose cognitive strategies that support artistic preferences as well as reduce stress, performance anxiety and emotional blockings. The pilot is designed for research contribution, education development and innovation in collaboration with different academic subjects, research institutes and external partners: • In an interdisciplinary setting the research subject of Music Education together with interactive design (KTH), sound engineering and Music Performance to develop empirical interventions within this field (to be up-scaled into a broader common project). • In education – d evelop higher education’s role in empowering students’ artistic processes and knowledge development as a preparation for sustainable work life as a musician. • Within the international trans-disciplinary research network SANE (Scientific, Artistic, Noetic Exploration) including education and sustainability research, quantummedicine, physics, biology and modelling, outcomes will be related to the unified field theory. • Together with innovators and system developers interact in the application of sounding aspects in transformative technologies. Tentative research questions to be discussed at NNMPF • What biodata are meaningful for the user in order to detect and reduce blockings and stress, and increase wellbeing, flow and creativity? • How could this biodata be measured in order to be meaningful in relation to the artistic and musical context? • How could biodata be feedbacked in order to be convenient caressing and blend into an artistic and musical context? Materials and subjects In the pilot four different devices (HeartMath’s Inner Balance, ARK crystal, SomaMat and breathing light and Muse). These devices will be circled amongst popular music students studying within a Higher Education Diploma Programme as Performing/Recording artist – focusing on aural based musicking and composing. The program aims at students’ development of self-regulated autodidact learning strategies, in a peer-group setting, within a business-oriented context with high demands on visibility and competitive strategies for success. The demands on students self-actualisation, selfassessment and independence in music making are high within the program. Methodology and types of data collected The first exploratory project The Equalizer is planned to be carried out at the School of Music in Piteå as an iterative process pendulum between surveys of testimonies and interventions of different kind of transformative technologies. The three-part method is: NNMPF2019, Stockholm Senior Papers 42 1. Surveys of testimonies • Reports of students’ experienced state and or change regarding entities like stress, mood, performance anxiety as well as flow, creativity, well-being. • Dissonance and resonance are graded and levelled in short text message surveys. • Testimonies and group analyses are carried out throughout the pilot period . 2. Intervention with different kind of transformative technologies, e.g., HeartRateVariablity, Muse, Soma Mat and Breathing Light, and ARK crystals. 3. Methodology for collecting valid data from the iterative process is under progress. Expected outcome The expected results will hopefully create a foundation consisting of data on how selfregulating tools can be used inside higher music education. The research network will test and discuss how this type of equipment can be used with relevance within higher education, as well as how and to what extent transformative technologies can be used in developing awareness of students’ inner processes focusing on dissolving tensions, removing blocking as well as increasing the potential for creativity and finding inner states that are more likely to open up for conditions of peak performance and flow. Seed money has been received from LTU’s central founding: Boströmsfonden, Pedagogisk utvecklingsfond and Labfonden 2018.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-77504OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-77504DiVA, id: diva2:1388382
Conference
Nordic Network for Research in Music Education, February 26–28, 2019, Royal College of Music in Stockholm
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