The generation and control of sound represents a field of research and development that is growing, as proven by international conferences like ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), SMC (Sound and Music Computing), NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) or DAFX (Digital Audio Effects) and the activity of certain companies like Ableton, Cycling ’74, Native Instruments, Monome, Novation, Moog etc. The definition of the process may seem simple – the digital summary for sound or capture of recordings and their control/transformation in real time – yet the diversity of implementations proves the technological richness (programming, DSP, hardware interfaces, robotics etc.) and art (musical applications, art of the show, inter-media etc.) which are continuously growing. In this context, within CINETic we support:
– multi-disciplinary research Through the collaboration with the other laboratories of the center, new systems of generation and control can be developed, which can be interfaced with movement sensors, EEG signals (encephalogram), robotic constructions etc.;
– the development of new technological processes, either software or hardware, which would support the experimental and artistic activities;
– the advancement of the master and PhD programs by granting access to the laboratory’s facilities to students with practice and research projects. We intend to develop partnerships with different universities, especially with the Bucharest Polytechnic University (UPB) and the Bucharest Music University (UMB).
An example of a project that has combined the three aspects presented above is the show inter@FAȚA, within which the EEG signals function as a source of control for real time sound processes. This experimental show was accomplished through an inter-disciplinary collaboration between the researchers/post-graduate students of UNATC, UPB and UMB, which materialized in specific software solutions, performances in more than 10 cities around the country and published scientific articles.
Once CINETic is opened, the more ambitious projects become reality due to the new multi-disciplinary staff of researchers as well as due to the state of the art endowment of the laboratories. In the audio laboratory, the sound acquisition and live shows system is built around a digital Yamaha QL1 console, expanded with Yamaha MY16AES. With the support of the studio microphones (Neumann TLM 107), field microphones (Schoeps CMIT 5 U) and lanyard microphones (VT 700 & VT 506) and of the RME Fireface UFX interface, shows and recordings can be attained inside the laboratory, situation for which a portable audio system is also available based on a Sound Devices 664 unit. For production and post-production, the users are provided with plug-in packages (McDSP, Altiverb), a monitoring system (Dynaudio BM6 mkIII), and a control system (Yamaha Nuage). Work stations which run software like Max/MSP, Ableton Live, Logic, Nuendo and Pro Tools, permit the development of complex audio productions, as well as the development of extension modules through Max SDK, Max 4 Live and VST SDK.