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Blue Touch Paper

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Lighting the fuse beneath cross-art-form collaborations, Blue Touch Paper is a longstanding research and development programme that has evolved hand-in-hand with the London Sinfonietta. 

In the early 2000s, Blue Touch Paper gave composers the chance to experiment with new kinds of writing. The second phase (2011-2014) focussed on composers collaborating with artists from other disciplines. The third phase (2014 onwards) saw Blue Touch Paper events in alternative spaces become part of our main season, running in parallel to concert hall performances. Today, Blue Touch Paper focuses on new music and digital technology. 

Current Phase

We’re exploring digital ideas through research and development with composers, artists and academics in workshops, seminars and conferences. How do we make great art from the collaboration between new music and digital technology?  How do we seamlessly integrate technology into live music experiences?  How can we best use digital technology to extend the reach and impact of new music?

Make, Do and Bend

In July 2016 two R&D hack days took on these questions, produced in partnership with The Hub.

Steve Reich's Clapping Music app

In 2015 we launched a ground-breaking game for iOS, which has been downloaded over 120,000 times. Built by Touchpress and supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, the London Sinfonietta continues to run workshops around the world for high scorers, whilst Queen Mary University of London are researching the impact on rhythm acquisition for players. Download the Clapping Music app and get playing.