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Audio Spatialization Research at CNMAT (2019)

From concerts and research conducted in the main room of our main facility at 1750 Arch Street in Berkeley, CA to large-scale installations in concert halls at UC Berkeley and beyond, enabling the exploration of a spatial dimension in music composition remains a central feature of CNMAT's research agenda.  

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the body you dream of is your own

t h e b o d y y o u d r e a m o f i s y o u r o w n (2019) is a musical theater piece designed and composed by UC Berkeley Music and Data Science Senior, Trevor Van de Velde. The project incorporates elements of video installation, microprocessors, and live performance. Inspired by the aesthetics of vaporwave, the body you dream seeks to explore our bodies in relation to technology. The installation consists of video and audio of white noise emanating from these artefacts that slowly diverge into those of the corporeal body.

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A E R

A E R is a site-specific installation, by UC Berkeley Graduate Composer Didem Coskunseven and Engin Daglik (Stanford), focusing on turning a ‘transitive space’ into a ‘space of experience’ by using lighting design and interactive spatial sound design in such a way that they manifest both an uncanny and inviting ambience. The work consists of four light structures hung on the surfaces of a shipping container and 8-channel interactive audio immersed in this transitive space.

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TONE

TONE is an analog audio feedback circuit with a tree-like array of three electret condenser microphones, resonant 4Ω loudspeaker, 9V amplifier, and cylindrical waveguide. Acrylic 'leaf' microphone mounts are suspended at the end of each cylindrical 'branch.' Acoustic feedback is situated by arranging the loudspeaker upward toward the mic array. As pressure waves propagate upward from the loudspeaker, sound is filtered through the pipes before arriving at the mic array, thus introducing non-linearities and expressive opportunities.

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Magnetic Resonator Piano

In Spring 2019 Jeremy Wagner set out to build a piano resonating device for upcoming research projects and performances by CNMAT composers.  This work draws heavily on prior design work by Per Bloland, et al. with some improvements specific to upcoming CNMAT projects.  The design brief called for a device meeting the following criteria:

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BLOOM

BLOOM is a flower-like analog oscillator on a transparent substrate comprised of three piezoelectric transducers, one transistor, one 3V battery, three LEDs, three photoresistors, and three resistors. Configured in a feedback loop, the circuit self-oscillates and produces variable light/sound sequences. The transparent substrate and stem-like conductive trace design gives each component an aesthetic quality. Photoresistors on the piezo elements provide subtle interaction by changing the electrical resistance when light is more or less present.

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CNMAT Multi-Purpose Array

In the Summer of 2018 CNMAT was awarded a grant to construct infrastructure for producing mobile, multi-channel concert events.  We set out to construct a surround audio system, designed with robust mobility in mind, that can be rapidly deployed in numerous performance contexts.  The result is the CNMAT Mobile Array, an expandable mobile infrastructure for sonic events.  The system is conceived to be deployed in under an hour by a small crew of one or two people.  Its speaker elements are weather protected to enable work outdoors and we have included a number of flexible rigging options to