Workshops

 

Workshop #1 
9 May 2018 – Interaction Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre

  • Introduction of each participant
  • Presentation of each musician’s instrument
  • Discussion on previous use and experience with VR
  • Discussion of expectations for the overall project
  • VR introduction for all participants led by Christian Cherene
  • Decisions to make: What type of music, what type of technologies to use, use Sonic Lab’s unique spaces to our advantage, designing of Audience experience- stationary or mobile? What will be the format of Final Piece: documentary/live//mixed…?

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Photos by Caolan Keaveney

 

Workshop #2
23 and 24 May 2018 – Sonic Lab and Broadcast Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre

  • Music making with all musicians, Marie-Louise using her ‘soundbeam’ instrument
  • Discussion and Development of Improvisation frameworks and musical ideas
  • Experimentation with physical space (players positioned below the grid and above the Sonic Lab)
  • Experimentation with different ‘musical moods’, set by James (clarinet)
  • Testing of available VR tools (including EXA: The infinite VR instrument – Drum Kit)
  • Extend, Adapt and Augment EXA: The infinite VR instrument for use by Marie-Louise
  • Recording of individual instruments and sounds (led by Craig Jackson)
  • Rehearsing of 5 musical idea pieces based on morning improvisations and discussions
  • Development of graphic representations of 5 musical ideas 
  • Drake’s Wired Ensemble to develop loops based on instrument recordings (Damian)
  • Development of gestural interaction with clarinet using Vive tracking sensor (in progress with Christian Cherene)

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Photo by Caolan Keaveney

 

Workshop #3
3, 4, 5, and 6 September 2018 – Surround Studio 2, and Sonic Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre

  • Further extend, adapt and augment EXA: The infinite VR instrument for use by Marie-Louise
  • Practice with the new virtual instrument in a surround sound environment: first using an 8 loudspeaker array, and then, for a fully immersive experience, using the 48 loudspeakers of the Sonic Lab space.

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Workshop #4 
2 October 2018 – Sonic Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre

Christian Cherene and James Cunningham worked together to further develop:

  • Gestural control for ambisonic paning and granularisation 
  • Clarinet augmentation
  • Position tracking for ambisonic diffusion

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Workshop #5 
18 and 19 October 2018 – Sonic Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre

The team worked together to further develop:

  • Gestural control for ambisonic paning and granularisation 
  • Clarinet augmentation
  • Position tracking for ambisonic diffusion
  • Rehearse the sonic interaction between Mary Louise and James
  • Outline the 6th of November Showcase Event

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