Thinking inside the box: A new integrated approach to mixed music composition and performance

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Scott McLaughlin

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The Thinking Inside the Box project (TItB) seeks to address pragmatic concerns inherent to mixed music performance, and proposes ways to better consider the sound of the acoustic reality of the concert space at studio composition time. This is achieved through empirical investigation into subversive use of recent developments in hardware and software technologies. The primary concerns are (1) optimising the integration of live instruments and electroacoustic sound in the concert hall environment for both the performers and the public, by carefully choosing loudspeaker types and placement at commission time, and by avoiding sound reinforcement; (2) minimizing for studio composers the insitu trauma of the first live rendition of the piece, by bringing the concert hall acoustic environment into the studio composition process, using convolution reverb to reproduce in the studio the given loudspeaker setup through its impulse responses. This paper presents the conclusions of the project's early experiments in the form of three case study sets, and describes how this approach will be of use for any composer of mixed music.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2009
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780971319271
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInternational Computer Music Conference 2009 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 16 Aug 200921 Aug 2009 (Link to Conference Website )


ConferenceInternational Computer Music Conference 2009
Abbreviated titleICMC 2009
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