University of Rochester students and faculty from the Eastman School of Music will present an orchestra of loudspeakers with “Eastman Mobile Acousmonium” at 6 and 8 p.m. March 30 at Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester.
Audience members will walk around an array of loudspeakers of different construction, shape and size mounted on stands that tilt, turn and sway. Each movement of a loudspeaker impacts the room reflection patterns, giving listeners new experiences of perceiving sound in motion.
“Technology has moved far into the musical consciousness, and loudspeaker concerts help break down the barriers between traditional and conventional forms of music presentations,” said Oliver Schneller, composition professor and director Eastman Audio Research Studio. “The Acousmonium is at the juxtaposition of musical expression and technology.”
Project participants include Schneller’s introductory and advanced electronic music students and Ming-Lun Lee, assistant professor of audio and music engineering in the electrical and computer engineering department, and Steven Yi, a composer and programmer based in Rochester.
Participants designed and constructed an individual loudspeaker-instrument corresponding to their specific interests in sound experimentation and audio research. They were invited to contribute a short composition for various combinations within the “orchestra.”
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