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NAVET Method Catalog

This is the first volume of the NAVET Method Catalog. An attempt to collect and compare examples of methods and methodological concerns that emerge from the interdisciplinary work of the Small Visionary Projects that NAVET is funding.

NAVET Method Catalog vol 1 (pdf 5.8 MB)

Acoustic modelling as a strategy for composing site-specific music

The International Conference on Audio Mostly, 2020

This paper describes two site-specific musical compositions, focusing on how modelling was used in their respective composition processes. Primarily, the acoustics of the sites were modelled to aid in the preparation and composition of the pieces. From this we propose the general use of modelling as a way to work with the concept of site. But the idea of formulating a model is also applicable more widely in the work described and this is discussed with the two pieces as starting points. Both pieces use acoustic room scale feedback as their only source of sound, so the impact of the room, speakers and microphones used is immense. The first piece, Rundgång, is a commission for the GRM Acousmonium. The second piece, Clockwork, is a public installationthat will also be the site of a performance, combining the installation with live interventions. Clockwork will also employ modelling as a component of the piece itself, and include a remote performerand a remote audience. We suggest that there are possibilities to employ compositional strategies to embrace these kinds of hybrid presence situations by composing for many vantage points.

Elblaus, L., & Eckel, G. (2020, September). Acoustic modelling as a strategy for composing site-specific music. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Audio Mostly (pp. 69-76).

utruchirp - An Impulse Response Measurement and Auralisation Tool Developed for Artistic Practice

The International Conference on Audio Mostly, 2020

This paper presents the utruchirp software, a tool for measuring impulse responses and modelling room acoustics in real time throughauralisation based on convolution using those responses. utruchirp is the result of concerns and needs emerging from the authors’ongoing artistic practice, exploring room scale acoustic feedback as material for live performance, installations, and fixed media pieces as utrumque. The paper provides the technical and, more importantly, the artistic details of the development of utruchirp and its features, highlighting those that are the direct result of insights from artistic work: Monitoring of all stages of measuring and signal processing, auralisations of the measurements from within the measurement process, and integrated round trip delay estimation. Finally, it points out future directions and features that are to be explored next,with an invitation for collaborative efforts, aiming to bring the sensibilities of musical instruments to our measurement tools.

Elblaus, L., & Eckel, G. (2020, September). utruchirp: an impulse response measurement and auralisation tool developed for artistic practice. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Audio Mostly (pp. 61-68).

Looking for the soundscape of the future: preliminary results applying the design fiction method

The Sound and Music Computing Conference, 2020

The work presented in this paper is a preliminary study in a larger project that aims to design the sound of the future through our understanding of the soundscapes of the present, and through methods of documentary filmmaking, sound computing and HCI. This work is part of a project that will complement and run parallel to Erik Gandini’s research project ”The Future through the Present”, which explores how a documentary narrative can create a projection into the future, and develop a cinematic documentary aesthetics that releases documentary film from the constraints of dealing with the present or the past. The point of departure is our relationship to labour at a time when Robotics, VR/AR and AI applied to Big Data outweigh and augment our physical and cognitive capabilities, with automation expected to replace humans on a large scale within most professional fields. From an existential perspective this poses the question: what will we do when we don’t have to work? And challenges us to formulate a new idea of work beyond its historical role. If the concept of work ethics changes, how would that redefine soundscapes? Will new sounds develop? Will sounds from the past resurface? In the context of this paper we try to tackle these questions by first applying the Design Fiction method. In a workshop with twenty-three participants predicted both positive and negative future scenarios, including both lo-fi and hi-fi soundscapes, and in which people will be able to control and personalize soundscapes. Results are presented, summarized and discussed.

Bresin, R., Pauletto, S., Laaksolahti, J., & Erik, G. (2020). Looking for the soundscape of the future: preliminary results applying the design fiction method. In Sound and Music Computing Conference 2020.

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