State of the art digital technology currently provides unprecedented, powerful tools for tracking motion and for synthesizing and manipulating sound. These kinds of technologies have only recently reached a reliability level that allows them to be used in real-time performance. These developments offer exciting opportunities for innovative, collaborative, interactive movement-sound (dance-music) projects. These developments also challenge the age-old precedence-consequence relationship of motion and sound; movement and sound interact in real-time and thus can be developed collaboratively in real-time. Movement/sound interaction is a new, open and highly promising field.
The course will have an enrollment of up to 20 students. At least 5 of those students will be graduate students in music/computer music, up to ten of the students will be undergraduate students in dance enrolled in BC 3565 y section I and up to 5 students will be graduate students from the visual arts department. Enrolled musicians will be required to have extensive knowledge of interfaces and digital sound and sufficient knowledge of movement tracking devices/software (the Computer Music Center offers preparatory courses/modules on these technologies). Dance students must have completed at least a semester of formal study in dance composition. On the first day of classes, interdisciplinary teams of dancers and musicians will be created. Each team will be expected to familiarize themselves with the available technologies and techniques and to develop and produce a collaborative, interactive performance at the end of the semester. Each team will include at least one computer musician who can manage the technology issues of the team. Upon agreement of the departments offering the course, up to 5 visual artists can be added to the course with one visual artist joining each team.
Each team will be assigned an Instructor or Teaching Assistant to supervise and assist with the development and production of the work. (Therefore this course requires a total of 5 Instructors/TAs. Please see Instructors section.)
Lectures, lab sessions and student rehearsals and production sessions will take place in the new Interface Lab of the Computer Music Center. The Lab will be equipped with computers, audio and visual gear, numerous controllers, trackers and digital interfaces (see Syllabus) and with a wooden, sprung floor.
Each week the course will include one 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour lab session. The lectures will be on a fixed day and time. Each lecture will introduce students to a new technology, technique or creative process. Every week each team will also have to schedule a 2-hour supervised lab session with their assigned instructor so that they can have hands on instruction with the new technology introduced during the lecture. Dance studio sessions on choreography process will be integrated regularly with the labs. In addition to the lab, each team will be expected to spend at least 8 hours a week in the Interface Lab working on learning the new technologies and developing their project.
Some of the lectures will be given by guest lecturers with extensive experience in the creation and production of interdisciplinary movement-sound works using digital technology.