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Duplex Drumming performed by Sophie Hastings and Jan Bradley at Algomech, Sheffield, 2019

Duplex Drumming is a performance piece for two drummers, live electronics and projected visuals. It was developed as part of a practice based PhD research entitled “Playing code - human rhythm and interaction in computer music”.

In this work, two drummers execute rhythmic binary patterns that produce both music and text. The content of the text produced by the rhythms of the drummers is a meditation on existence within the realms of a digital machine. It draws influence from Deleuze’s prophetic essay Postscript on Control Societies (Deleuze, 1992) which argues how society is becoming increasingly controlled through modulation as rather than the disciplinary institutions described by Michel Foucault.