Today I was considering how the sound diffusion lab would be set up on the day of exhibition. This includes the floor plan and speaker set up.
I figured there would be some room by the edge of the projections for the musicians. I have outlined in the photos where I think the musicians would fit, it’s possible to fit 2 people performing on both sides of the room. I tried seeing if instruments would fit but it was hard to tell, next time we get together for a jam I will get a better idea of how this will look. I also wondered how many seats I could set up. It appears 2 rows of 5 is good. And there is space at the back for people to stand, an important part is that people can see the projection.
For the speaker set up, I used recording made yesterday with Josh Thomas, Louis Sterling and Harrison Milton to organise the speaker sound arrangement. I used the speakers that are hung for one main reason, I didn't want the musicians to be right next to the speaker, for the sake of their ears. I tried two different set ups. both set ups had a speaker hard left and hard right with a central speaker. set up 1 had the speakers midway between the front and back, right and left. Set up 2 had the speakers positioned in the back left and right. I decided through experimentation that set up 2 gave more space for each instrument and there was more clarity, plus it wasn't so loud for people sitting in the front row.
I've thought about recording a video of the piece being performed with live. I aim to do this next week with Ebony Grace, Josh Thomas & Tarek El Goraicy. The date is not confirmed but should be shortly, I have no doubt that they will come through. I also need to find someone who is willing to film, working on that too also have no doubt that I'll be able to find someone.
I've been working on synth sounds recently on my Microkorg XL, which is a wonderful small synth. I've been thinking about how sounds are going to be balanced, I've found the Korg can be a wide range of sounds like bass, lead, accompanying. The demos below highlight this I believe. here is a collection of sounds that are all taking on different roles in the music all from on instrument. I'm thinking all these sounds are fair game to use in the piece, tomorrow I'm trying to set up a jam to see how it all feels alongside the visuals.
Written by Jack Cleary