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IEM Graz: Composing Spatial Instruments

Workshop for limited number of participants


Compositional processes nowadays often include the design of musical instruments. This hands-on workshop addresses a particular type of instrument or interaction design using motion tracking. We will explore unprecedented possibilities of musical expression, opened up by composing the minutest details of the relationship between human motion and sound.


Extending the compositional process by the design of instruments is a wide-spread practice nowadays. With this hands-on workshop we address a particular type of instrument or interaction design using motion tracking. Composing the minutest details of the relationship between human motion and sound opens up unprecedented possibilities of musical expression. The spectrum includes approaches such as Embodied Generative Music [1], Motion-Enabled Live Electronics [2] or sonic sculptures to be explored directly by the audience, such as Random Access Lattice [3]. In the workshop we will introduce composers, choreographers, music and dance performers to the basics of high-resolution motion tracking, enabling the composition of elaborate motion/sound relationships, such as allowing for a quasi-tactile command of synthetic sound. Participants will be able to compose and experience their instruments using a specialized software toolkit for SuperCollider [4]. Alternatively, users of other software will be provided with (possibly pre-processed) tracking data via Open Sound Control [5]. There will be ample time for experimentation with composed spatial instruments for performance, studio and installative applications. Also connections to other art fields such as dance or media art are welcome. We offer a total of 4 half-day sessions with one or two days in between each in order to provide participants with enough time to prepare for the next session. Means for recording audio, video and tracking data will be provided permitting participants to continue working with material generated in the workshop.

Tutors

Gerhard Eckel

David Pirrò

 

A maximum of 8 participants with headphone and a laptop with OSC-enabled software installed (e.g. Max, Pd, SuperCollider, etc.). The Laptop should have USB and Ethernet ports.

 

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Workshop for limited number of participants


Compositional processes nowadays often include the design of musical instruments. This hands-on workshop addresses a particular type of instrument or interaction design using motion tracking. We will explore unprecedented possibilities of musical expression, opened up by composing the minutest details of the relationship between human motion and sound.