Seminar September 26th, 2012 | Stuart James

Wednesday September 26th, 2012

3.00pm Computer Science Auditorium (CSG-01)






From Autonomous to Performative Timbral Spatialisation
Timbral spatialisation is one such process that requires the independent control of potentially thousands of parameters (Torchia, et al., 2003). Current research on controlling timbral spatialisation has focused either on automated generative systems, or suggested that to design trajectories in software is to write every movement line by line (Normandeau, 2009). This research approaches this problem using multidimensional lookup tables for timbral spatialisation, enabling the performative control of large numbers of parameter sets associated with software. This methodology also allows for compact interactive mapping possibilities for a physical controller, and may also be effectively mapped gesturally. By simplifying the control methodology, it opens up the possibility for the performer to control multiple systems simultaneously, including approaches to 3D timbral spatialisation involving the zenith plane.

Biography – Stuart James
After graduating in jazz piano performance and classical music composition in 2000, Stuart completed a Masters in Creative Arts in 2005 researching correlations between sound and video. As a composer Stuart has had commissions from Tetrafide Percussion, the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and has had his work performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, WA Symphony New Music Ensemble, and Michael Kieran Harvey. Stuart’s compositions have ranged from traditional notated scores through to varied approaches in aleatoric writing and improvisation. As a performer Stuart has remained active as a pianist, drummer, percussionist, and laptop musician. He has performed with ensembles Cloud Orchestra, King Wasabi, the Johannes Luebbers Dectet, and in early in 2012 toured with Decibel performing in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. Stuart is active as a music engraver and has contributed to several publications, notably a book on the music and life of Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks by Victoria Rogers through Ashgate publishers. Stuart currently also manages The Soundfield Studio, a commercial production, mixing, and mastering facility in Western Australia, and has most recently been involved with mixing and/or mastering for artists including ShockOne, The Shallows, The Substance, and Sororal, a feature film score by Chris De Groot. In recent years Stuart has also been involved as a lecturer in music technology at the West
Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He has also a PhD candidate researching realtime approaches to controlling timbral spatialisation.