New World Symphony & Parsons to Partner on New Multimedia Performance, Nov 10

New World Symphony & Parsons to Partner on New Multimedia Performance, Nov 10

The New World Symphony (NWS), America's Orchestral Academy, and Parsons The New School for Design (Parsons) have collaborated on a multimedia project designed to illustrate the physical and aural dynamics of live performance through HD imagery and musician-generated multimedia effects. Presented as part of a concert at New World Center in Miami Beach on Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 PM, breath sensors, accelerometers and cameras will be strategically placed on and around NWS Fellows and their instruments during select works. These sensors will trigger a series of interactive cinematic pieces that move and change based on the gestures and motions of the musicians, creating a visually stimulating and immersive environment for audience members. Moreover, this innovative approach illustrates the physical requirements of performance, while visually expressing and supporting the music.

The November 10 performance, titled Musical Xchange, marks the culmination of a semester-long project by students from Parsons. Teams of students collaborated with NWS administrators and Fellows on four distinct projects that will be presented in the musical program for the evening, consisting of Rudolf Moser's Spielmusik; Charles Ives' Largo; Francis Poulenc's Sonata; selections from Henryk Wieniaski's Études-caprices, Op. 18; and Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose. This performance is part of a long-term collaboration between NWS and Parsons, which launched in 2012 and will continue on an ongoing basis, with the next edition scheduled for March 9, 2014.

"We are excited that our students have opportunity to work with a great organization like the New World Symphony," said Edward Keller, Director of the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons. "The work they've done is extremely impressive, and shows off the kind of uniquely creative design one can do by going beyond the status quo, and approaching an aesthetic challenge- merging technology, image, computer art, and classical music- from a fresh perspective."

Using biometrics and sensors on the musicians and their instruments, the students have developed software-generated parametric art, as well as an expanded cinema" using real-time camera feeds mounted on/around the performers. Groups will be using a variety of audio analysis techniques to visualize the most basic musical components of the performances as well as live video that will parse the actions of the musicians.

The project is led by Michael Linville, Associate Dean for Chamber Music of NWS, and Edward Keller, Director of the Center for Transformative Media and Associate Director of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons. Additional project leaders include Justin Trieger, Technical Director for Distance Education and New Media Initiatives of NWS; and Joseph Saavedra, assistant professor of Media Design, and Leif Percifield, adjunct professor in the Design and Technology program at Parsons.