The MAT faculty group Big Robot, a computer-acoustic trio, recently released their debut, self-titled DVD. 4 years in the making, the DVD was produced through a grant from the IUPUI Institute for Arts and Humanities. Big Robot members and Tavel Associates Jordan Munson, Michael Drews and Scott Deal each contributed compositions, musical performance, media and computer processes to the project.
The Information Age and the microprocessor has rendered a technological transformation that touches almost every facet of human life. Highly individualized software applications have become tools of choice for advancements in literature, science, arts, medicine, engineering, and industry, to name a very few. Correspondingly, almost every aspect of music has undergone significant transformation through the influence of technology on performance, composition, sound creation, notation, instrument design, and business. Therefore, the PAS Technology Committee is presenting Tech Day to reflect our changing musical world while showcasing some of the most compelling developments — during a day of performances, clinics, and lab sessions.
The world premiere for the telematic opera Auksalaq, which was created by artists in the Tavel Center at IUPUI and at the University of Virginia occurred on October 29th, and was performed simultaneously between the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Tavel Center at IUPUI, CIRMMT at McGill University in Montreal, Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen Norway, and the OpenGrounds Studio at the University of Virginia. Performance groups included Bit20 (Norway), Bergen Center for Electronic Arts (BEK, Norway), Ensemble Knox (USA), McGill Percussion Ensemble (Canada), EcoSono Ensemble (USA), and Telematic Collective (USA). An interactive audience-participation software called NOMADS enabled engagement with the performance in real-time across all the stages. Audience members at the concert locations were able to use their laptop computers and mobile devices in order to participate in the performance in real time.
Internet2, the nation’s most advanced networking consortium, presented the Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) award to IUPUI Music Technology Professor and Tavel Center Director Scott Deal, together with his collaborator Matthew Burtner of the University of Virginia, for their creation of the telematic and media-enriched opera, Auksalaq. In presenting the award, Deal and Burtner were commended for “innovation in advanced network applications for collaborative research and education” at the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Tom Knab, chair of the IDEA award judging committee and chief information officer, Case Western Reserve University’s College of Arts & Sciences wrote that “the winning submissions were from an exceptionally strong nominations pool and represent a cross-section of the wide-ranging innovation that is occurring within the Internet2 member community.
A performance of Those That I Fight I Do Not Hate by Jordan Munson at ICMC 2011. Featuring Scott Deal on Bodhran.
The Telematic Collective with present its 2011 spring concert on April 21 at the IT Building, room 152 at 7:30 pm at IUPUI. Joining the Collective online will be the Syneme Lab Telearts Ensemble at the University of Calgary (directed by Professor Ken Fields), and the RAT (Radical Arts Technology) Ensemble at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music (directed by Matthew Burtner) and the Hybrid Arts Lab at Indiana University Bloomington (directed by Margaret Dolinsky). The concert will feature Virtual Reality works that will also be able to be viewed simultaneously in the Virtual Reality Theater at IUPUI, also in the IT Building. Additionally, a world premiere of a work conceived 39 years ago for the dynamics of the Internet by renowned American Composer Stuart Sanders Smith.
After the concert, the VR art environments will be on display and can be experienced in the virtual reality theater on the fourth floor. The VR theater is similar to the concept of Star Trek’s holodeck providing visual illusions in 3D that can be navigated. The theater consists of head and hand tracking, stereoscopic displays and real time 3D rendering. As one navigates the environment using a joystick wand, the computer updates the display according to the navigator’s head and hand positions. This allows visitors to dynamically explore the environment from a first person perspective. Read More…
ZeroSpace was a telematic conference and concert presented by the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Organized by Matthew Burtner, the event included Chris Chafe of Stanford University, the Interactive Media Research Group, the Telematic Collective, Margaret Dolinsky, Christopher Burns, and Scott Deal. Photo: Nick Hartgrove performs Deconstructions #4 (M. Drews, 2011) online from Indiana with the composer and myself onstage in Milwaukee.
The Telematic Collective participated in the NetTets 2011 concert on January 29, bringing together artists at sites in Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, and Edmonton), and the United States (Indianapolis, IUPUI). The concert was hosted and produced by Professor Ken Fields and the Syneme Lab at the University of Calgary, which is where the main performing stage and production center was located. Participating online groups included the New Music Ensemble Laptop Orchestra at University of Calgary, Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk), performers from University of Alberta, and University of British Columbia. The Telematic Collective performed from the Indiana University Virtual Reality Theater and featured with the group was harpist Erzsébet Gaál. Live 3d graphics were created by artists from Professor Margaret Dolinsky’s 3-D art studio at the HR Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University Bloomington. The artists navigated through 3d environments they created for the VRT and set to music by members of the Collective.
Photo: Members of the IUPUI Telematic Collective performing online with musicians in New York at the Frederick Loewe Theater, with singer Joan LaBarbara. Photo by Jill Steinberg LLC.
A concert version of the Auksalaq was performed in New York on October 31, 2010 as part of the Electonic Music Foundation’s Ear to the Earth Festival. Auksalaq is a telematic opera about climate change in the Far North that has been jointly created by Scott Deal and Matthew Burtner, with production work carried out in the Tavel Center and the Interactive Media Research Group at the University of Virginia. For more info on Auksalaq, click here. Joan LaBarbara was featured as the singer/narrator, with the NYU New Music Ensemble directed by Esther Lamneck, and the NYU Percussion Ensemble directed by Jonathan Haas. The world premiere of the full opera is scheduled to be performed in late 2011.
The Telematic Collective held a concert on December 12 in conjunction with online performers at New York University, Colorado University and Indiana University Bloomington. Based at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theater, the concert highlighted dancers, musicians and videographers over high bandwidth Internet in an evening of prepared pieces, improvisations and dances of a variety of styles. TC members Hang Yu, Dan Porter, Joshua Fielder and Nate Dominy prepared original works that were performed in the concert, assisted by musicians at the other sites. The IUPUI leg of the concert was held in the Virtual Reality Theater (VRT), a 3D environment housed in the Indiana University Visualization Lab. For more information on the Bridging Imaginary Boundaries event, visit http://www.nyu.edu/classes/gilbert/boundaries/. Photo above, from left: Scott Deal, Ben Rogge, Kara Commons, Brenden Rhia, Hang Yu, Dan Porter, Nate Dominy, and Joshua Fielder.