About the project

The project ran from 2016 to 2018 and explored cross-adaptive processing as a drastic intervention in the modes of communication between performing musicians. Digital audio analysis and processing techniques were used to enable features of one sound to inform the processing of another. This techniques allows the actions of one performer to directly influence another performer’s sound, and doing so only by means of the acoustic signal produced by normal musical expression on the instrument.

This website represents the project blog, which was a dynamic site during the course of the project. It is now kept in the state it reached by the end of the project. Se the page all posts to start browsing the content.

The project method was based on iterative practical experimentation done in studio sessions. Typically two acoustic performers and one processing musician would participate in a session but work in larger groups were also explored.  One or several external observers would usually participate in the sessions, as an external eye and ear. Sessions were documented by multitrack audio and video recording, and concluded with short personal video interviews with the participants. To enable the cross adaptive processing methods, a number of software tools for this kind of musical performance were developed. Sessions documentation, reflections, software and other material are available through posts on this blog and also on github * * *

The project was run by the Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Music Technology. We had some strong collaboration partners that we proudly present: De Montfort University, Maynooth University, Queen Mary University of London and University of California San Diego. The project was strongly based in practical experimentation with said techniques, and for this we relied on collaboration with a range of finely selected performers.

Project leader: professor Øyvind Brandtsegg.

The team:
Andreas Bergsland, NTNU
Øyvind Brandtsegg, NTNU
Gary Bromham, Queen Mary University of London / freelance
Solveig Bøe, NTNU
Marije Baalman, freelance
Mats Claesson, Norwegian Academy of Music
Ola Djupvik, freelance performer
Michael F. Duch, NTNU
Simon Emmerson, De Montfort University / freelance
Trond Engum, NTNU
Bjørnar Habbestad, freelance performer
Thomas Henriksen, NTNU
Ada Mathea Hoel, NTNU student
Iver Jordal, NTNU student
Gyrid N. Kaldestad, freelance performer
Siv Øyunn Kjenstad, freelance performer
Victor Lazzarini, Maynooth University
Steven Leffue, UCSD/freelance performer
Ingrid Lode, freelance performer
Øystein Marker, NTNU student
Kyle Motl, UCSD/freelance performer
Jordan Morton, UCSD/freelance performer
Kjell Nordeson, UCSD/freelance performer
Sissel Vera Pettersen, freelance performer
Miller Puckette, University of California San Diego
Maja S.K. Ratkje, freelance performer
Joshua Reiss, Queen Mary University of London
Sigurd Saue, NTNU
Heidi Skjerve, freelance performer
Rory Walsh, Dundalk Insitute of Technology
Stian Westerhus, freelance performer
Bernt Isak Wærstad, NTNU / Norwegian Academy of Music
Carl Haakon Waadeland, NTNU
Tone Åse, NTNU

+ more than 40 students at NTNU music technology and jazz department