Martin Parker (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Abstract / Description of output

Spatialisation in most multichannel works is limited to very precise speaker configurations that are designed to create a large "sweet-spot" for the audience. The intention is usually to represent pre-recorded sound as it was heard by the person who mixed it in the studio. 'playroom' explicitly resists any sense of, or need for a sweet-spot. Rather than place speakers at the front or even around the audience, speakers are littered through audience. Each person hears sound in relation to where they are in the room, rather than in relation to the other loudspeakers.

'Playroom' is a configurable piece, scalable in terms of duration and 'tone' for the space in which it is performed.  Musical material is configured to fit the number of loudspeakers available and their position in the space therefore has serious compositional effect. Several days should be spent in the room before the performance in order to develop the piece properly.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, Munich, Boulder (Colorado)
Media of outputCD
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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