Tele-Colonization: Virtual/Acoustic Performance Redefined featuring Tintinnabulate & SoundWIRE

Tele-Colonization: Virtual/Acoustic Performance Redefined featuring Tintinnabulate & SoundWIRE

Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University


Tele-Colonization: Virtual/Acoustic Performance Redefined

Featuring Tintinnabulate and SoundWIRE
presented at the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD)

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 6 pm
Contact:  Jonas Braasch [518-276-3864],
Location:  Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University

On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 6 pm the 13th Annual International Conference on Auditory Display in Montreal, Canada will present a concert featuring seven performers in four locations. The performance will be presented at Tanna Schulich Hall at McGill University as a collaboration between Tintinnabulate Ensemble, directed by Pauline Oliveros (RPI) and SoundWIRE Group, directed by Chris Chafe (Stanford University).

This project, Tele-Colonization, will explore a new environment where musicians virtually populate an aural space via Internet 2. Musicians for this performance will be located at Tanna Schulich Hall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), CCRMA at Stanford University and a fourth site in South Korea. While the musicians share a joint virtual space, the co-locations will maintain their own acoustic environment based on environmental soundscape recordings. The Montreal audience will have the rare opportunity to switch between the remote acoustic environment at RPI using headphones, and the acoustics at Tanna Schulich Hall which will be spanned by acoustic instruments and loudspeaker projected electronic sounds.

Tintinnabulate directed by Pauline Oliveros with technical direction by Jonas Braasch is an RPI multi-media ensemble featuring musicians and visual artists. SoundWIRE directed by Chris Chafe is an ensemble of musicians developed at CCRMA at Stanford University.

Tintinnabulate and SoundWIRE have collaborated on a weekly basis since fall 2006 using Internet2 with CD quality audio in 8 channels supported by Jack Trip software (Chris Chafe) and ViMiC (Jonas Braasch) and Pauline Oliveros' Expanded Instrument System (EIS). Their concert together with two other co-located sites March 22, 2007 brought four distant ensembles together in concert.

Jack Trip is an open source software that runs on Linux and enables low latency high quality audio transmission in multi-channel configurations.

ViMiC is a software in MAXMSP that allows for shaping virtual room environments that can be performed in real time changes.

The Expanded Instrument System for live multi-channel processing was conceived by Pauline Oliveros in the 1960s to help her control sound transformations using foot pedals when she played her accordion. Over the years, the EIS evolved from simple tape delays to an elaborate digital signal processing system.

For this concert, McGill Ultra-Videoconferencing System will be used to transmit video in DV quality between the remote sites.

The event will be webcasted: />

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