In the continuity of Empty Room and my thesis we are working since February 2019 on the VR Auditory Space project selected by ArTeC. This project will adapt the CICM HOA library from Max7 to VR in C# and design an immersive 3D interface specifically thinked for the electronic music composer. The proof of concept will be released during fall 2019.
VR Auditory Space is a collaboration between CICM Paris 8 and Spatial Media Ensadlabs. With Eliott Paris, David Fierro, Sofia Kourkoulakou. Chief of project, Christine Webster.
For instance the proof of concept is made of a HOA library for Unity 3D displaying an ambisonic spatializer at order 3 with a binaural decoder, running on Windows 10 for Unity 2017/18/19. This library is set in a VR immersive runtime application, we have specifically developped for real time spatialisation in VR using HTC VIve headset with the following features : track import and listening in VR of quadraphonic, octophonic and semi dome (16 loudpseakers) compositions. Included is a sandbox for freestyle spatialization, (not related to loudspeaker configurations), both features allow dynamic source editing and source trajectories. More features will be added in the future.
Description of the project here (French)
We will present 3 public demos November 6 in the afternoon for the Rencontres ArTeC 2019 at Centre des Arts Enghien les Bains.
Studio 19 : 12H / 14H / 16H
Centre des arts d’Enghien-les-Bains
12-16 rue de la Libération,
Depuis la Gare du Nord, (12 min) après Valmondois
ligne H direction Pontoise ou Valmondois
Situé à 2 min de la gare,
prendre la sortie rue de l’arrivée
An eagle with two heads :
Camille Escudero Cinetics /// Christine Webster Modular synthesis
A tryptich /// brûlures aux cendres apaisées, conçues et rêvées /// 1 2 3 ///
Our VR project Empty Room has been selected in the Revolution #Research Category for Laval Virtual 2019. Join us in Laval this week in the Hall B booth B1_WK, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March. Empty Room is a research project exploring in-game spatialization techniques for 3D audio in VR. Paris 8 CICM – Spatial Media Ensadlabs
Full description of Empty Room
I was invited by Lou Drago hosting the Transience project for Cashemere Radio in Berlin – my mixtape features on the second hour. Great show, great sounds. Enjoy. Thank you Berlin.
CHRISTINE WEBSTER – ICEBERG THE DRIFT (CD by Sublunar Society)
Webster surely is finding her own voice
The first time I heard music by Christine Webster was back in Vital Weekly 1088 when I reviewed her USB drive ‘Diary #1’. On the cover of ‘Iceberg The Drift’ Webster writes that this is her second release to deal with a natural catastrophe. First was “Fuskushima Days projects in 2012” (I am not sure if that is a natural catastrophe or human), it is now about the “Larsen C Ice Shelf Rift in Antarctica, which during
the summer of 2017 caused the complete breaking of the oversized A-68 iceberg, drifting now in the open sea for years, maybe even decades”. Like on her previous release, Webster uses modular electronic modular electronics, although now they are not specified as to what kind of machines. Whereas the previous release was quite playful and open, this new seems to be more composed and less open. The music reminded me of modern electronics, sounds bleeping about, but in a rather slow mode and with quite some reverb to add a fine sense of space. Sometimes she uses tones from her set-up that remind me of small and larger blocks of ice breaking and falling apart. I am not sure but like her previous release some if not all of these pieces have a somewhat ‘live’ feeling to them, especially in a piece like ‘Tensile Stress’ and immediately this becomes a somewhat playful piece. Throughout however the music is very solemn and slow in development, perhaps, indeed like a massive iceberg adrift, but a very slow adrift it is. It is a most enjoyable piece of music (all seven of them) and it seems a step forward in the progress of Webster’s music. If you like modern musique concrete than you should surely check out this particular new composer. I am not sure, if she is from France, but her work surely sounds very French, say the INA-GRM studio scene, and Webster surely is finding her own voice. (FdW)
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Check out these two videos i made for Eventide – I got their Eventide Euro DDL module for a few weeks at home for evaluation. Even if this delay module is not stereo as many others are – it got a lot of possibilities under the hood, and most of all the legendary Eventide sound and quality. A must have in this category if you got the budget.
Photo Mischa Haller
Bernard Living invited me to perform in London at the lovely Iklectik venue the 24th March 2018 for Corpora Aliena #2. It was the second time i played in London, last year it was for the excellent CV Freq hosted by Eden Gray at Merton Arts Space. Playing in London is always a pleasure. I like the warmth of the people involved in the experimental music sphere and their enthousiasm for the modular things ! Can’t wait to go back to London again !
Since March 2018 (i’m very slow at actualizing my works … ) we are part of the Acoustic Cameras / Sound annexation project
Le Messager 11’11
in Canarias, La Laguna – La Laguna – Spain
lat.: 28.4853, long.: -16.32014
Location sounds from Orgiva Spain 2014 + Electronic music
ACOUSTIC CAMERAS invites composers and sound artists to annex the real-time flow of webcams located in various places around the world.
The flow of webcams is intercepted but not modified. The artist is invited to deliver a sound piece or piece of music related to this flow; This sound piece acting as a modification of reality.The resulting work is the encounter of a recorded sound piece and the live capture of a fluctuating landscape. Depending on the season, depending on weather, depending on time of day or night, the camera sweeps continuously the filmed location (seaside, city or mountain) and writes in real time the film of the artist’s music. Music or sound design, by monopolizing the filmed landscape, soon takes on a narrative, dramatic dimension, according to the principles of film music. At the slight difference that here the film is written simultaneously.
Stay tuned ! Acoustic Cameras expands continually, regularly enriched with new works of artists.
Seven years later our tribute is still releavant. Fukushima Days Christine Webster + Valery Levacher aka Kantoh.
Iceberg/The Drift is a poetic and sonic tribute to the Larsen C Ice shelf rift in Antartica which caused during the summer 2017 the complete breaking of the oversized A-68 iceberg, drifting now in the open sea for years, maybe decades.
It’s the second sound work, i composed being directly inspired from a natural catastrophy, like i did with the Fukushima Days project in 2012.
With Iceberg/The Drift, i investigate the structural ice shelf perception and the vibrant life hidden inside it from an organic and abstract perspective, working only with modular synthesis.
The seven tracks are available for preview on Soundcloud and the official release is set to the 12 january 2018 on Sublunar Society