Dooley, James (2019) colligation. [Performance]


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colligation (to bring or tie together) is a physical performance work for one performer that explores the idea of sculpting sound through gesture. Treating sound as if it were a tangible object capable of being fashioned into new sonic forms, "pieces" of sound are captured, shaped and sculpted by the performer's hand and arm gestures, appearing pliable as they are thrown around and transformed into new sonic material. Using two Thalmic Labs Myo armbands, one placed on the left arm and the other on the right arm, positional data from the devices (yaw, pitch and roll) are mapped to parameters controlling a hybrid synth created in Pure Data. The synth utilises a combination of Phase Aligned Formant synthesis and Frequency Modulation synthesis to allow a range of complex audio spectra to be explored. Additionally, data from the left and right Myo's electromyographic (EMG) sensors are respectively mapped to amplitude control of the left and right audio channels, giving the performer control over the level and panning of audio within the stereo field. By employing both positional and bio data, an embodied relationship between action and response is created; the gesture and the resulting sonic transformation become inextricably entwined.

Item Type: Performance
3 June 2019Published
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depositing User: James Dooley
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2019 11:36
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:54

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