The Risset Cycle, Recent Use Cases With SmartVox

Bell, Jonathan

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The combination of graphic/animated scores, acoustic signals (audio-scores) and Head-Mounted Display (HMD) technology offers promising potentials in the context of distributed notation, for live performances and concerts involving voices, instruments and electronics. After an explanation of what SmartVox is technically, and how it is used by composers and performers, this paper explains why this form of technology-aided performance might help musicians for synchronization to an electronic tape and (spectral) tuning. Then, from an exploration of the concepts of distributed notation and networked music performances, it proposes solutions (in conjunction with INScore, BabelScores and the Decibel Score Player) seeking for the expansion of distributed notation practice to a wider community. It finally presents findings relative to the use of SmartVox with HMDs.