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Machenbach IV.

Pape, Gerard and Ferguson, Paul (2007) Machenbach IV. [Performance]

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This research output is a recording and subsequent world premiere of a piece for solo trombone and tape using eight loudspeakers in a rectangular configuration. After two days of rehearsals with Pape, trombonist Kenny was recorded by Ferguson over a two day period to build up eight tracks without reference to previous takes to create deliberate microtuning variations and tempo deviation. The piece uses complex combinations of trombone tone and breath techniques and placed considerable demand on the musician’s stamina, the first section of the piece is purely breath based. To spatialise the eight performances, Pape investigated the spatialisation toolset developed by Ferguson and after experimentation, Pape spatialised the eight tracks of trombone in the breath section using the toolset and the resulting audio was printed to disk in preparation for performance.

The premiere of the piece took place in Craiglockhart Chapel in Edinburgh, approximately 400m2 floor area with a long reverberation time. After experimentation, Pape and Ferguson placed the eight speaker array around the audience seating approximately 1m above head height. For the performance, trombonist Kenny sat in the centre of the seating with the audience around him and played a ninth trombone part as Pro Tools played the pre-recorded 8 loudspeaker spatialised ‘tape’. The performance was recorded back into the Pro Tools session using a left, centre, right, rear surround, right surround array of microphones.

Item Type: Performance
Additional Information: To spatialise the eight performances, Pape investigated the spatialisation toolset developed by Ferguson using touchscreen based panners and a shape-based spatialisation sequencer allowing the user to describe the motion of a sound using shape primitives such as curves, ovals, rectangles and lines. The toolset was written using C and Apple’s Cocoa development environment together with a Pro Tools panning plug-in developed using MAX/MSP.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Composition; Machenbach; Trombone; Performance; Sound spatialisation; Software development; Recording;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 780 Music
700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 788 Wind instruments
Library of Congress Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Item ID: 2378
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2009 11:59
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2009 11:59
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2378

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