// Space as an instrument
// 11. –12.02.
Two days of performances that concentrate on the spatial distribution of sound by utilizing the ambisonic sound system Ambiunix. Ambiunix is a multi-channel sound system that has been developed by Komponent – Scene for Electronic Activity, a project initiated and hosted by Copenhagen’s LAB organisation.
In addition to the control of tonal characteristics, the Ambiunix-system gives musicians control over the spatial behaviour of sound. While traditional PA-Systems give only limited opportunities to distribute sound mono-dimensionally between two or four speakers – e.g. pan between “right” and “left” –, Ambiunix supports concepts such as “direction”, “elevation”, “rotation”, “point” and “width” of sound incidents. The system is made of a central distribution unit and numerous separate active loudspeakers surrounding the audience. The speakers are coupled to form one single sound source that can be manipulated by musicians. The musician's interaction with the system is the same as with any synthesizer or other electronic instrument. Basically, the musician is able to produce one or more signals containing the same information on sound as for a traditional PA-system. But in addition, information on space is sent via MIDI, buttons, keyboard notes, mouse, roller ball, pedals, VR headsets and the like. Musicians can control various parameters, define which loudspeaker receives which signal, set delay times and filter individual signals – thus creating stunning dynamic spatial sound effects.
Komponent maintains a platform for electronic activity across institutional and professional boundaries in an informal and progressive environment. Komponent focusses on the intersection of technological, artistic and theoretical activities.
// Friday 11/02/2005
> AMBIUNIX I
Harald Viuff (DK) / Jacob Kirkegaard & Thor Magnusson (DK/IS) / Pixel (DK) / --bB (DK/SE/AT) / Hansen & DJ Daniel (DK)
// Saturday 12/02/2005
> AMBIUNIX II
Son of Clay (SE) / The Renegades Of The Game Boxen (SE/AT) / Planningtorock (UK) / Heid Mortenson (DK) / Gegen Hz (DK) / Ulf Eriksson (SE) / Video: VJ Kontroller (SE) & VJ Telematique (DE)
With the friendly support of Comabe – Copenhagen, Malmö, Berlin – and Urban Art Stories.