Infrastructure

The host institution's department IEM is one of the leading research institutions in sound and music computing in Europe and will provide its state-of-the-art infrastructure to the project. This includes its versatile staff experienced in scientific, scholarly, and arts-based research (e.g. Gerhard Nierhaus [Nierhaus 2008]), a particular arts-based research infrastructure called the Aesthetic Lab installed in the CUBE, a 120m2 performance and laboratory space combining a professional motion tracking system (VICON) comprising 16 infrared cameras and a 3D Higher-Order Ambisonics (HOA) sound projection system based on an array of 24 loudspeakers. An essential asset for the project will be KUG's newly built 500 m2 performance venue and laboratory space MUMUTH (Haus für Musik und Musiktheater) opened in March 2009. The MUMUTH's performance infrastructure has been extended through the BM.W_Fa–funded infrastructure project MUMUTH Lab acquired and headed by the project leader. The MUMUTH Lab offers ideal conditions to conduct the artistic experiments in the context of the project's case studies. A motion tracking and sound projection system similar to the one in the CUBE is installed in the MUMUTH alongside with an advanced system for variable room acoustics (Meyer Sound Constellation) allowing for an easily comparison of performances in different acoustic situations, which is one of the problems this projects addresses.