Teaching advanced musical concepts through multimedia performance

February 27th, 2009

CMS 2009 Southern Chapter Regional Conference @ University of Central Florida.

ABSTRACT – Mobile Performance Group is a collaborative, multimedia project involving faculty and students from Stetson University’s Digital Arts program. The group’s primary mission is to find new ways of presenting art outside of traditional venues. Since 2004, MPG has fulfilled this objective by presenting a number of site-specific performances at festivals and conferences throughout the country. For each performance, members of MPG collect sounds and video from a given locale using digital equipment, edit the material into libraries based on common traits and use these libraries as the basis for a structured improvisation using laptop computers and specialized controllers. Requiring students to design their own instruments for our collective improvisation system provides a platform for them to apply advanced musical concepts including sound synthesis, audio processing, algorithmic composition, and gestural control. This demonstration will address technical methods used and discuss how these reinforce learning objectives within our interdisciplinary university program.

Stephen, Jana, me, Amanda and David

Stephen, Jana, me, Amanda and David. Photo courtesy of David Royse.

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  1. [...] performance was presented as a Thursday night preview to my presentation on Friday morning.  It allowed the conference attendees to experience MPG in our normal setting so [...]

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