Norwegian University of Technology and Science
The project explores cross-adaptive processing as a drastic intervention in the modes of communication between performing musicians. Digital audio analysis and processing techniques are used to enable features of one sound to inform the processing of another. This allows the actions of one performer to directly influence another performer’s sound, and doing so only by means of the acoustic signal produced by normal musical expression on the instrument. The project is run by the Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Music Technology, Trondheim. We collaborate with our partners at De Montfort University, Maynooth University, Queen Mary University of London, Norwegian Music Academy and University of California San Diego. The project is based in practical experimentation and for this we rely on collaboration with a range of performers. Project leader is Professor Øyvind Brandtsegg.
Øyvind Brandtsegg is a composer and performer working in the fields of algorithmic improvisation and sound installations. His main instruments as a musician are the Hadron Particle Synthesizer, ImproSculpt and Marimba Lumina. Hadron is a flexible real-time granular synthesizer, widely used within experimental sound design with over 200,000 downloads of the VST/AU version. Brandtsegg uses it for live processing of the acoustic sound from other musicians. As musician and composer he has collaborated with a number of artists, e.g. Oslo Sinfonietta, Motorpsycho, Kristin Asbjørnsen, Live Maria Roggen, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Trio Alpaca, Tre Små kinesere, Zeena Parkins, Maja Ratkje. In 2008, Brandtsegg finished his PhD equivalent artistic research project, focused on musical improvisation with computers. He has given lectures and workshops on these themes in USA, Germany, Ireland, and of course in Norway. Since 2010 he is a professor of music technology at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. Currently he is doing research into cross-adaptive processing for live performance, collaborating with an international team of researchers from the UK, USA, Holland and Norway.