Performance, Data Mapping Strategies and Metaphor in Tokyo Lick
|Author:||Jeffrey Stolet Philip H. Knight Professor Music and Director of Music Technology, University of Oregon|
|Date:||June 01, 2006|
The use of alternative musical control interfaces in performance offers daunting challenges and exciting opportunities for musicians. Conceptions of mobile musical forms, where the sequence of formal parts are not specified or are temporally flexible, also seem perfectly suited to computer-based or algorithmic compositional and performance design. My composition Tokyo Lick demonstrates a concept that I call "algorithm flipping," where the specific algorithm(s) governing the response to incoming data from infrared MIDI controller changes rapidly. I perform this piece by moving my hands through two invisible infrared spheres, directing data derived from the motions to algorithms residing in customized interactive software created in the Max multimedia programming environment. Every note is performed in real-time, and the algorithmic changes are achieved through my explicit intervention. Integrated with the discussion about performance technique and data mapping will be an examination of subjective metaphor as it applies to the performance and technical structure of the Tokyo Lick.
Professor Stolet's work has been presented at SIGGRAPH, and at major electro-acoustic and new media festivals in the U.S and around the world. His work is available on the Newport Classic, Cambria ICMC, SEAMUS and IMG labels. At the University of Oregon, Stolet has developed curricula for a B.S. in Music Technology, and in Intermedia Music Technology for both the Master of Music degree and as a secondary area for the doctoral program in music. Stolet has collaborated with the New Media Center to transform an original electric music texbook into Electronic Music Interactive, an Internet deliverable, multimedia document containing motion animation and sound.