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Mapping the Klangdom Live: Cartographies for piano with two performers and electronics

Einbond, A. (2017). Mapping the Klangdom Live: Cartographies for piano with two performers and electronics. Computer Music Journal, 41(1), pp. 61-75. doi: 10.1162/comj_a_00397


The use of high-density loudspeaker arrays (HDLAs) has recently experienced rapid growth in a wide variety of technical and aesthetic approaches. Still less explored, however, are applications to interactive music with live acoustic instruments. How can immersive spatialization accompany an instrument already with its own rich spatial diffusion pattern, like the grand piano, in the context of a score-based concert work? Potential models include treating the spatialized electronic sound in analogy to the diffusion pattern of the instrument, with spatial dimensions parametrized as functions of timbral features. Another approach is to map the concert hall as a three-dimensional projection of the instrument’s internal physical layout, a kind of virtual sonic microscope. Or, the diffusion of electronic spatial sound can be treated as an independent polyphonic element, complementary to but not dependent upon the instrument’s own spatial characteristics. Cartographies (2014), for piano with two performers and electronics, explores each of these models individually and in combination, as well as their technical implementation with the Meyer Sound Matrix3 system of the Su ̈ dwestrundfunk Experimentalstudio in Freiburg, Germany, and the 43.4-channel Klangdom of the Institut fu ̈ r Musik und Akustik at the Zentrum fu ̈ r Kunst und Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. The process of composing, producing, and performing the work raises intriguing questions, and invaluable hints, for the composition and performance of live interactive works with HDLAs in the future.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright MIT Press, 2017.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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