This project is an artistic exploration about audience engagement and Interactivity, revealing the listener's participation in abstract communication with digital art and music.

‘This isn’t a solo’ is a performance that shares control with the audience of an electroacoustic and interactive instrument (Knurl) through the audience’s smartphone. Knurl lab is a web platform used to allow this mechanism. This project is an artistic exploration about audience engagement and Interactivity, revealing the listener’s participation in abstract communication with digital art and music.

This project creates an opportunity in the classical music scene where the audience has complete control of the visual and audio settings of a performance. Extensive research and design of technology and psychology as well as prototyping and creative coding were necessary to realise it. At the centre of it is the new musical instrument “Knurl” able to receive information from the audience. This creates the unique opportunity to experience a new way of watching music concerts.

Sabrina Verhage and Rafaele Andrade developed this performance through several iterations to optimize audience engagement in this experience. Their objective is to reach a borderline where the audience’s choices belong to the performance as much as the performer does.

About Rafaele Andrade & Sabrina Verhage

Rafaele Andrade [Curtiba - Brazil, 1994] is a composer and performer in the field of modern/experimental music. With a background in Conducting, Composition, Cello, live coding, and Sonology, she designed her own instrument (Knurl) to compose music, perform and redesign the system of the music industry by promoting its practice, fair music distribution, social inclusion & sustainability.

Rafaele recently graduated in New audiences and innovative practices (The Netherlands, 2022), Sonology (The Netherlands, 2020) and ‘Composition and Conducting’ (Brazil, 2016) and has lived in Leipzig (DE), Natal (BR), Curitiba (BR), Reykjavik (IS) and is currently she lives in the Hague. She is a member of Instrument inventors initiative (NL), Intelligent instruments lab (IS) & the Netherlands Coding live.

Thanks to Makers subsidie Delft, Fonds Podium Kunsten, Gaudeamus, instrument inventors initiative, intelligent instruments lab