'Room Music' is concerned with the compositional potential of enclosed spaces. An analysis of the acoustical characteristics of a small room will be used to create a composition for cello, violin, clarinet, percussion, and percussion and tape, presented in surround sound. A room is a resonating cavity which, much like a musical instrument, allows some frequencies to resonate and cancel others out, depending on its size, shape and the reflective nature of its contents. 'Room Music' explores the characteristic frequencies of a small space – a room (about 1 meter squared) made from cement and with only one object (a small metal box) at its rear. All rhythms, pitches, and samples, are related to exact characteristics of the space. Surround sound speaker placement is devised as if the listener is sitting within the space, facing towards the opening in the room.
This research was completed as part fulfillment of the MPhil. in Music and Media Technologies, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. For more information on this research or on the course, please visit the course website mee.tcd.ie/mmt/index.php