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Architexture II: for 6 solo voices (dur: 20 mins): Interdisciplinary project, involving Electronics, Physics and Music.

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

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DatePublished - 25 Jul 2015
Media of outputOnline
Place of PublicationYork, St Mary's (live performance)
SizeLive Performance, 20 mins duration.
Original languageEnglish

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(Full audio recording of this output is linked to this record - please see below). Architexture II makes use of the sonic profile of buildings as an evidence base for musical composition. Detailed links between the musical score and the unique spatial and acoustic characteristics of the performance site are embedded within the composition. Modelling the acoustic in this way during the musical composition process can help achieve a closer bond between the notes on the page and the sound perceived by listeners. The purpose of this project is to blur the lines between space, live-art and performance by allowing the situated built environment to become an essential part of a living and evolving musical construction process. his work builds on traditional ideas of writing music for a particular space but re-thinks some of the inherent relationships involved. It attempts to use the space itself as a live sonic performer within an ensemble - an active contributor to an unfolding composition - rather than as a static ‘effect’. Through designing structured ways to provoke reverberation, to blur certain harmonies and not others, to respond to particular spatial locations and not others, opens up new compositional possibilities. This is only possible through detailed acoustical analysis and a composition process which makes use of this information as an evidence-base for sculpting lines and harmonies.

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