On Conducting (Electronic Music)
Mdes Sound for the Moving Image
Digital Design Studio
Glasgow School of Art, 2013.
This project was inspired by working on an Opera in berlin, in 2010, alongside director Santiago Blaum. My role was in arranging Classical pieces for four Synthesizers. However, as rehearsals progressed, my role shifted towards working out how could we integrate these electronic elements succesfully into a piece, with five actors / singers on stage and a four strong highly-trained operatic choir seated in the audience?
Our main concern became finding a seamless system for the playback of these pre-recorded electronic parts that would allow the performers on stage and the operatic choir in the audience to be able to sing along with them in a way that they were used to.
As i'm due to work on another Opera this year (beginning around the hand-in of this thesis), I began thinking about other ways to achieve this end; how could I make a reactive, subtle, stable and easy to use system which would allow the director to conduct both the choir and the electronic elements of the Opera at the same time?
My thesis project is an attempt to answer that question, using a program designed in Max MSP to capture and interpolate the hand movements of the conductor and use it to dynamically control a piece of pre-composed electronic music, in real time.
Nominated for the SPIE postgraduate prize, 2013.
Sync Magazine piece on the project:
More at: joe-howe.com