fusing multimedia and electroacoustic elements to existing student repertoire
Software and hardware
This type of music does take some investment - both in time and (depending on the type of media you are using) money. Here are some lists to help you get started.
Video editors - iMovie, Windows Movie Maker
Audio editors - Audacity, Garageband (Mac)
Photo editors - Seashore, Adobe, iPhoto (Mac), Photo Booth (Mac), Photo Gallery (Windows)
Slideshow programs - Open Office, Keynote, Powerpoint
Online - YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify
Visualizers - G-Force Visualizer
Video Downloader - Realplayer Downloader, Clip Converter
Long-distance software - Skype, Google Video, Livestream
Multimedia Visual Programming - Max MSP, Pure Data (Pd)
Instrument Programming - RTCmix
Advanced Audio Programs - Logic, Ableton
Notation Programs - Finale, Sibelius, Musescore
Speaker and/or Amplifier
Microphone (USB or Pin)
Multimedia music comes with it's own unique challenges when performing, from venues to equipment. Keep the following in mind for a successful experience.
Dress rehearsals are mandatory, including practicing set-up and take-down of equipment.
Experiment with the programs and equipment, to learn how they work and how to fix problems.
Not every venue can accommodate every type of media - plan your program with different options to increase where you can play.
Owning your own equipment opens up many possibilities, even if it is expensive.
This project is an ongoing reflection of my interest in performing multimedia and multidisciplinary works. There exist very few early/intermediate works of this genre for students, and yet performing with different media is an incredibly rewarding experience.
It is up to the teachers to incorporate the technology and creativity into their student's lessons. This page will serve as a starting point for teachers, students, and parents as they begin their exploration of multimedia music.
The possibilities of incorporating multimedia and electroacoustic are limited only by your imagination. The following is a list of ideas that you can explore in your studio.
Performance with slideshow: Choose a series of photographs or texts that fit the mood, story, or tone of the piece - changing photographs can be done either manually or through a computer.
Performance with fixed video: Choose or create a video to tell help tell a story. This can be projected on a screen, or on a television.
Performance with reactive video: A more involved version of the fixed video. Choose a series of videos, that change during the performance. This is controlled either at a computer or through a switch the performer controls.
Performance with visualizer: Similar to the fixed video, but the visualizer also requires a microphone, which feeds the performance into a computer program and changes the live visualizations.
Performance with fixed audio: Composer a secondary part, or add sound effects to a piece to increase the mood or tone of a piece.
Performance with reactive audio: Similar to reactive video, choose or create a series of audio samples to go with a piece, controlled through a computer or a performer-controlled switch.
Performance with live performers: Any of these ideas can be amplified with other people - this can be an accompanying play, dance, or poetry recitation.
Long-distance performance: Students that cannot attend recitals might still be able to participate, through an off-site internet performance.
Performance with light show: Though partially dependent on your performance location, emphasize the mood of a piece through creative lighting use. Can also be accomplished with lamps or flashlights.
Original compositions: Compose original pieces that organically incorporate any of the above multimedia ideas, for acoustic instruments or synthesized sound.