The annual MMT exhibition of artistic and technological research will take place in our new home at the IFSC! Come to the CHQ building to experience an array of cutting edge projects, from immersive installations to generative art peices and musical demonstrations.
An opening launch reception will be held from 5-7pm on Thursday, August 10, and the exhibition will run from 12-7pm on Thursday the 10th, and 12-5pm on Friday the 11th. Entry is free of charge.
Mapping Virtual Environment Parameters to Procedural Sound Design
Brian Fallon is a sound designer, producer and engineer from Dublin. With a degree in electronic and computer engineering and a wealth of experience in sound design for theatre, Brian's skills and interests lie where the artistic and scientific meet.
Mapping Virtual Environment Parameters to Procedural Sound Design explores the potential of a new algorithmic sound design workflow, whereby generative spaces and sound designs are married through mood. The potential applications of such a workflow include video games, where levels can be designed with a certain mood in mind and the sound design can follow automatically.
Contact: fallonb1 [at] tcd.ie
An Empirical Evaluation of Loudspeaker Emulations for Referencing in Music Production
Conor Farrell is an American music producer and songwriter living in Dublin. After writing his undergraduate thesis on peer-to-peer file sharing and digital music distribution, he decided to pursue his lifelong love of music full-time. His interests include minimalist production and contemporary composition techniques, as well as exploring modern business models for music.
His thesis project will develop and evaluate a plug-in emulation of various loudspeakers used for referencing in music production. Examples such as laptop, smartphone, and TV speakers are often used to test final mixes and masters, especially in commercial music settings. The project seeks to design a DAW plug-in software to provide quick access to emulations of these speakers, and assess its effectiveness through empirical listening tests.
Contact: farrec15 [at] tcd.ie
The Pedagogical Combination of Vocal Performance & Reactive Visuals
Jenna Harris is a singer and composer from Dublin. Jenna graduated with a BA in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music Centre in 2006, and since then she has been a member of the faculty there.
One of the challenges of using your voice as an instrument is that you cannot see it. Jenna is developing an application that gives a singer something palpable to work with by producing a visual representation of the voice. This project incorporates the dynamic abilities of colour harmony to encourage a balanced mind and a relaxed body which will ultimately contribute to positive muscle memory for vocal technique.
Contact: harrisje [at] tcd.ie
Dérive is a technique used by The Situationist Movement to analyse the psychogeographical effects that an environment can have on its inhabitants. Effects on how they live, work and play within the confines of the environment. Mark has developed a technique for musical composition entitled Dérive inspired by the Situationist movement and composed a 3 part composition.
Contact: mhealy2 [at] tcd.ie
TweetComposer: Musification of Live Twitter Topics
Andrew is a sound designer and programmer from Dublin with a degree in Computer Science. He has a keen interest in visual music. Can you listen to what the world thinks of something? Can a sad topic score sad music? Using Twitter to discover the world’s opinion and emotion on any topic, TweetComposer aims to use this analysis to generate music and themes that go along with these topics. Research behind this project looks at what ties music to emotion; in terms of timbre, melody, harmony, instrumentation, and rhythm. These ties are then used to recreate these topics musically.
Contact: ankerr [at] tcd.ie
Mytronome - An Interactive Metronome for Piano
Alex Lynch is a guitarist and piano player from Dublin. Alex has been writing music for the past 8 years and began learning the piano prior to beginning MMT at Trinity.
Alexs summer research has centred around the development of an interactive metronome that analyses the tempo of a live piano performance. The metronome will analyse the performance tempo in real time of a player and gradually reduce its audible ‘click’ when the user performs accurately at a preselected metronome tempo, allowing the user to rely on their own rhythmic sense and timing.
Contact: lyncha [at] tcd.ie
Rhythmus SV: Promoting Serendipity in a Web Enhanced Sampler
Jack Mason is a music producer, sound engineer and wannabe programmer from Kildare. Since completing a BA in Music Production at Windmill Lane he spent some time working in music PR and web technologies. His main interest is in the creation of digital musical instruments and electronic music.
The physical outcome of his project is a new type of drum machine which uses an online sound library as the basis for constructing rhythms. It is hoped that serendipitous outcomes can be encouraged in a digital instrument by incorporating random sample selection.
Contact: masonja [at] tcd.ie
Ciaran McCarthy is a musician and producer with a strong interest in the recording, and study of sound. Microphones can be placed far from a source. They can also be placed near a source. In his thesis "The Impact of Adjusting Spot Microphone Delay Time on the coherence of stereo reproduction", he explores the spatial conundrum presented to listeners when experiencing music recorded with multiple microphones placed near and far. Through two experiments, one creating an orchestra, and the other recreating a drum kit, comparisons are made using the assistance of a binaural head, alongside subjective listening tests to determine most favourable illusion.
Contact: mccarc36 [at] tcd.ie
Haptic Listening and the Classical Guitar
John McDowell is a classical guitarist. Last year, John graduated in Music Performance at the Conservatory of Music in Rathmines studying under his mentor, John Feeley. John’s project is a study into the role of Haptic technologies in listening situations, with a focus classical guitar listening.
Contact: mcdowejo [at] tcd.ie
An investigation of using research from emotion and meaning in music as a compositional tool for emotional affect in music
Samuel McKenna is a composer from Cork, now living in Dublin. With a fascination of music and its production elements from a young age, his educational path as seen him study all areas from sound engineering to visual production to music composition, which has culminated in him doing the MMT course in Trinity College, Dublin. From here Samuel has begun researching emotion and meaning from music and has decided to create a series of compositions created from a musical language which takes the research from this area and applies them into compositional tools. “Reen Strand” is a short film which consists of this series of compositions and sees them apply their emotional affect upon a visual media.
Contact: mckenns6 [at] tcd.ie
Sonification of Plant Electrophysiology
Tris Dalton is a music producer and videographer with a passion for all that life has to offer.
Over the past fifteen years he has worked on a diverse array of creative projects throughout Ireland and the U.K. These include the production and engineering of various styles of albums and audio recordings right through to the scripting, shooting, directing and editing of many music videos, commercials and short films. His Hybrid Thesis will be researching the history, methods and tools for measuring 'Action Potentials' or capacitance variations found within plants. These AP's will be used to control and create a live spatial audio experience using real-time data sonification software designed in Max MSP.
He invites you to this year's MMT exhibition where you can see the amazing Dancing Plant (Yes, it really dances!) and the Mimosa Pudica as they move in real time, creating weird and wonderful noises.
A free Dancing Plant for the first guest to say 'NAMNOISULLINALLASTI' backwards!
Contact: milesdat [at] tcd.ie
Cian Murphy is a music producer, dj and visual music artist with an undergraduate degree in music production from Windmill Lane College. His interest in visual music over the the past year has led to a focus on the interplay between sound and image whilst studying MMT.
His Hybrid thesis project "Ambi-liquid" harnesses live oceanic data to create an audio visual installation piece. The oceanic data will create an environment which the user can then engage with via an infrared camera, placing the participant in the heart of this immersive experience. The more participants present the more the environment is affected both sonically and visually. This piece aims to explore the relationships between ecosystem based music, human interaction and digital art.
Contact: cmurph47 [at] tcd.ie
James is a composer and instrumentalist from Australia living in Dublin. After MMT he plans to further develop the technical skills he has gained and continue his research in rhythm studies.
This project consists of a suite of pieces that explore rhythmic techniques that have developed from electronic and sample based music. Played by live musicians they highlight the micro-rhythmic changes that have been used to create a new way of understanding groove based music.
Contact: nashj1 [at] tcd.ie
Kevin Nolan is a graduate of Multimedia in DCU and has in the past number of years worked as a designer, animator and web developer with occasional forays into music production.
Kevin's project, SonicSketch, explores alternative interfaces for music production with a particular focus on using visual arts metaphors in the design. The project is presented as a minimal web-based interface and allows users to draw sounds on the screen in a (hopefully) fun and creative manner.
Contact: kevinn [at] tcd.ie
Jennifer O'Malley is a Dublin-based sound designer and composer with a degree in Music Production from Pulse College Dublin. As well as a keen interest and experience in sound design for theatre, installations and visual media, she is also an accomplished session cellist. Her experience as a cellist lead her to develop "The Reactifello" which is a unique method of enhancing creative performance for Cello. Performance is enhanced through responsive synthesis and movement-sensitive audio effects. The responsive synthesis acts as an accompaniment to the Cello by playing a synthesised interval above the Cello melody while certain bow movements will trigger different audio effects.
Contact: omalleje [at] tcd.ie
Mindful MVMT: Interactive Mindfulness Meditation using Attention-Regulation Process via Kinect
Sean Tianihad is an audio engineer and electronic music producer from Donegal. With the majority of his collective works in the electronic music published under the artist project ‘Rafii’, Sean also works on outside productions for commercial artists based in London and Los Angeles. His recent studies in MMT has expanded his interest in programming and interactive technologies.
The Mindful MVMT system will act as a tool for practicing mindfulness via the attention-regulation process (ARP) - which in ARP the two mechanisms of Detection and Feedback allow the technology (in this case XBox Kinect) to detect the users’ attention without interrupting the users’ state, and give soft feedback to stimulate the users’ meta-awareness, allowing for effortless reflection, and achieving a deeper state of mindfulness. The Kinect will track the users’ hand movement in an up/down motion (following the timing of two moving dots on-screen) to generate sound and visuals in response to the movement.
Contact: tianihas [at] tcd.ie