Attractive Correlations explores the immersive music qualities that emerge in a co-located, audio network performance. A multi-loudspeaker setup transforms the concert hall into an acoustic arena, in which the instrumentalists, microphonists and audience can move about and interact through the medium of sound. The computer music system dynamically generates mellifluous sonic streams and diffuses the sound of the instrumentalists by means of digital audio networks inspired by neural processing. The microphonists react to the sonic activities of the instrumentalists and audience by approaching them and pointing their microphones towards the sound sources of interest. Sounds from audience members disturb the fragile and delicate equilibria in the generative local subnetworks, while the sounds of the instrumentalists modulate some plasticity parameters of these networks, modifying their generative character. The music emerges from the improvisatory interactions between the human agents, with the instrumentalists and adventurous audience members trying to win the microphonists’ favor and thus gain influence over the sound generation and diffusion of the computer music system.
Creating a radical performance and presentation setting, interactivity via sound is enhanced with specific mechanisms that promote the attention and sensation of the dynamic relationships between the agents involved. The hybrid presentation format combines the temporal intensity of a concert with the scattered loci and the diverse listening modes of a sound installation. The performance space is accentuated by various small stages and spots that afford performative activity. With the dissolution of the main stage as the center of action and attention, the unilateral exploitation of activity is reduced. Instead, parallel activities can take place, which balance each other due to their collocation.
Kosmas Giannoutakis Attractive Correlations
performed by Lorenzo Derinni (violin), Matej Bunderla-Havaj (saxophone), Johannes Feuchter (bass clarinet), Davide Gagliardi (microphone), Artemi-Maria Gioti (microphone), Michele Seffino (microphone)
audio recording: Peter Venus
video recording: Nick Acorne
audio and video editing: Kosmas Giannoutakis
recorded on March 4, 2017 in the György Ligeti Hall/MUMUTH of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.
Duration of video: 14 minutes 01 seconds
GAPPP is funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF as project PEEK AR 364-G24.