Sensience, for PLaY+SPaCE system and tenor saxophonist

Campbell, Steven J. (2006) Sensience, for PLaY+SPaCE system and tenor saxophonist. [Performance]

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Abstract

Sensience is the title of a collaborative work realised with a proprietary ultrasonic sensing system and live tenor saxophone. The collaboration allows the acoustic saxophonist to move freely within an ultrasonic performance space and to trigger a range of samples prerecorded by the performer. The aesthetic intention, the musical form and technical design of the work are discussed, along with an overview of the work's performance. The work is briefly contextualized with regard to interactive computer music practice.

Research Statement

Research Background Sensience is representative of an oeuvre of musical works composed for a proprietary music technology system called PLaY+SPaCE. The system is the result of a research collaboration beginning in 1999 wherein staff in creative arts developed the software for the system and electrical engineering staff developed its ultrasonic detection hardware. Using ultrasonic detection of people within a maximum 100sqm space, the system is non-tactile, in essence transforming the space into a musical instrument that is played by simply moving within the space.
Research Contribution Sensience contributes to a body of works developed for the PLaY+SPaCE system; works that articulate the diversity of the system. Works have been developed for public installation, workshops for people with disabilities, for dance and for purely musical performances. In each of these areas significant research into Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is undertaken, resulting in the software development of solutions to complex HCI problems. Sensience, along with numerous other works for the PLaY+SPaCE system are documented in conference proceedings.
Research Significance Sensience is significant as a collaborative work undertaken with internationally recognised, German saxophonist Ulrich Krieger. The work is based on sounds from the acoustic saxophone. Krieger specialises in contemporary saxophone techniques and has an interest in generating timbres that are not generally associated with the saxophone, specifically, electronic/synthetic sounds that he is able to produce at low volume levels. Krieger’s sounds were recorded and used as samples within the PLaY+SPaCE system. The samples are triggered by Krieger’s movements within the space and augmented through his acoustic performance.
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