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Workshop on orchestral music in the 21st century: Composition, performance, capture, and distribution

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A Research Axis 1 (Instruments, devices and systems) workshop. This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is required.

  • Research Workshop
When Feb 20, 2018
from 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where A832 & A833, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West
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Space is limited; register now to ensure your seat! Registration - Workshop on orchestral music in the 21st century


This workshop aims to explore current and cutting-edge research, concepts, and workflows related to composition, performance, recording, and distribution of orchestral music, engaging as many different perspectives as possible. Presentations will represent a wide range of disciplines, including a session with Nick Squire, recording engineer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Coffee and snacks will be provided.  

Schedule (subject to change)

  • 08:45–09:00 - Pre-workshop coffee
  • 09:00-09:25 - David Rafferty: Interpreting the orchestra: a composer’s path to re-imagine the orchestral instrument
  • 09:25-09:50 - Will Howie: Capturing orchestral music for 3D audio reproduction
  • 09:50-10:15 - Moe Touizrar: Timbral analogies: The ‘sunrise’ topic in my recent music for orchestra and large ensembles
  • 10:15-10:40 - Martha de Francisco: The Big Five on the move: Symphony orchestras adjust to shifting music production models in the 21st century
  • 10:40-11:00 - Coffee break (coffee and snacks provided)
  • 11:00-11:25 - Denys Bouliane: New Tool for Teaching Orchestration: the OrchPlay software
  • 11:25-11:55 - Jack Kelly and Matt Boerum: Cinematic vs. Immersive perspectives for live orchestral music broadcast and streaming
  • 11:55-12:10 - Daito Manabe: Motion Capture and Orchestral Performance
  • 12:10-12:40 - Nick Squire: Boston Symphony Orchestra’s production workflow
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