An architecture of diffusion: an electroacoustic music facility for the city of Calgary
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AbstractA common debate regarding contemporary music is the perceived loss of the performer, the performance, and therefore, the need for the performance environment. Current trends in contemporary musical performance blur the traditional definition of live through the use of electronic technologies. The majority of music is now rarely composed in reference to a particular performance space; rather it is composed to produce optimal sounds out of a home stereo. It is important that we understand these changes, and redefine the nature of performance and performance space within an electronic culture. The genre of electroacoustic music can provide an exceptional opportunity to explore new means in which the links between music, performance, and architecture can be renewed. The Masters Degree Project (MOP) will investigate the ways in which we can begin to redefine contemporary performance, along with how performance and architecture can engage and interact with one another to provide for a contemporary performance environment. The design of an electroacoustic music facility for the city of Calgary will test theories regarding an architecture of performance, allowing electroacoustic music to develop with contemporary performance practices.
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