Sébastien Piquemal - funktion.fm - @sebpiq
Tim Shaw - tim-shaw.net - @djtimshaw
Video by Bárbara Bustamante
Fields is a networked system exploring new areas of musical performance and audience participation through the use of mobile technology as a medium for sound diffusion.
In western culture, attending a concert is the dominant context for live music listening. This tradition is largely codified; there tends to be a clear separation between stage and audience, with the focus on the performers, who are sometimes elevated, physically and culturally, to superhuman status.
Fields stems from a desire to reconfigure the audience-performer relationship. The system allows any audience member to join in, at any time, by simply connecting to a specially designed website with their mobile phone, laptop or tablet. The connected devices become an array of speakers which the performers can control live, resulting in an omnidirectional sonic experience.
The piece doesn't feature a stage. The performers are sitting among the audience. This intimate setup, is an attempt to demonstrate the potential for enhancement of communal listening through explorations of new aural contexts, and we hope it will become a shared and intimate environment for music listening.