Architexture IV: Creating new audience-centric musical performance through virtual acoustic technology

Architecture IV is a musical performance where the audience is in control! https://architextureimmersive.wordpress.com/about/ 

Live-streaming of concerts has become commonplace during Covid-19 but has tended to focus on the recreation of the live performance experience over the internet. The Architexture team is looking at how to exploit web-based interactive technology in new ways, potentially opening up musical performances for entirely new audiences and breaking down the barriers of geography, social and cultural norms, economics and access.

The Architexture project is a collaboration between the departments of Electronic Engineering and Music. The team has developed a prototype app for live performance that allows the user to change the acoustic environment they hear the performance in. You can hear an example of an earlier version here: https://youtu.be/KZWeDSgkPDg 

A DC Labs Summer School intern is now working to adapt the prototype (created in MAX MSp) to a standalone application that runs in a web-browser, which could be accessed virtually from any location. The app will allow the listener to mix their own auditory experience of a musical performance, controlling the virtual acoustic and performance tempo to explore their own experiential preferences. As the user listens to the vocal ensemble they can interact via computer or mobile device, to choose virtual acoustic spaces in realtime and then shift the speed of the performance to suit their chosen space.

User interaction data will be collected through the app to feed future developments of the project and further gamify experiences of listening to music. This will also inform future research on the relationship between acoustic spaces and musical performance.

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