Gabriella takes a bath

Campbell, Steven, Salisbury, David, and Hutchison, Clive (2005) Gabriella takes a bath.

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Abstract

Gabriella Takes a Bath was a collaboration between musicians Steven Campbell and David Salisbury, and photographer Clive Hutchison. The work included environmental and voice samples triggered with Campbell's PLaY+SPaCE music technology system, the system also used to control a series of projected still images provided by Hutchison. Salisbury provided a live flute part, the flute output routed through a pitch to MIDI conversion system to provide further synthesised musical materials. The flute was also sampled in real time, the samples controlled and manipulated by Campbell.

Research Statement

Research Background Gabriella Takes a Bath was a collaboration between musicians Steven Campbell and David Salisbury, and photographer Clive Hutchison. The work included environmental and voice samples triggered with Campbell's PLaY+SPaCE music technology system, the system also used to control a series of projected still images provided by Hutchison. Salisbury provided a live flute part, the flute output routed through a pitch to MIDI conversion system to provide further synthesised musical materials. The flute was also sampled in real time, the samples controlled and manipulated by Campbell.
Research Contribution The work was performed within Townsville's inaugural See, Hear, Now Festival in 2005. The following review is indicative of the reception of the work: "Saturday evening saw 2 remarkable works that demonstrated the solid groundwork necessary for collaboration to flourish… The highlight was Campbell’s extraordinary array of electronic sensors played by raising and lowering his flattened hands. The sight of him playing an almost virtual instrument revealed a truly improvisatory performance, anticipating aquatic gurgles, splashes and ‘ohhh’ murmurs of pleasure as baby Gabrielle cavorted in an invisible tub." (Naylor S. and Wilkinson, J. (2005) North Queensland: fuelling the art mix, in Realtime, Vol. 70, December-January, 2005/6, http://www.realtimearts.net/article/issue70/7974
Research Significance In presenting electronic music works with the PLaY+SPaCE system in the regional environment, there can be a level of risk of audience alienation, particularly where there is a lack of live musicians on stage. This work sought to address this by presenting a light-hearted work centred on the playful sounds of a young child’s bath time.
Item ID: 904
Item Type: Performance
Media of Output: video
Keywords: music technology, electro-acoustic performance
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The attached video file is a recorded excerpt of the original performance; the original piece had a running time of 20 minutes.

Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190503 Lens-based Practice @ 33%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified @ 33%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190407 Music Performance @ 34%
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