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Emphasizing Form in Virtual Reality-Based Music PerformanceThe role of form in virtual reality-based musical performance is discussed using historical precedents and current research examples. Two basic approaches to incorporating 3D environments into musical performance are considered: a "static" approach in which the space does not change but is instead explored and interpreted by the performer, and a "dynamic" approach in which movement of the space or objects within the space directly influences or controls the performance of the music.
These two approaches are contextualized through works such as Poeme Electronique and other historical works of spatial music, with particular attention to the spatial notation methods and mobile forms employed by composer Earle Brown in works such as December 1952 and Calder Piece. Through discussion and demonstration of his own compositions Zebra and Calder Song, the lead author explores how Brown's ideas can be developed, re-examined, and re-imagined in virtual space.
Stephen David Beck
Office of Research and Economic Development
Louisiana State University