A few days ago I’d stumbled upon the amazing work of Jenn Kirby. She’s a talented instrumental and electroacoustic composer artist from Wales. Dr. Jenn Kirby teaches at the The University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
I found out that she has a strong interest in the application of music technology to composition and live electronics performance. I think her work shows how sound, technology, and art can be complementary partners.
One of the interesting fields of study by Jenn Kirby is spatial music. Spatialization is the projection of sound into a real or virtual space.
In the video below Jenn plays an instrument called the OctoTether. She describes it as an octophonic spatialiser, designed as an intuitive way for a performer to control the spatial distribution of sounds in an octophonic installation.
The GameTrak as an Instrument
The Gametrak is basically a double 3D controller with a six channel high-resolution output. The controller is easily hackable and popular among sound-hackers and VR developers. Luckily, they’re also pretty cheap and it is not hard to find a used GameTrak.
If you’re interested, here’s a paper on Musical Applications and Design Techniques forthe GameTrak Tethered Spatial Position Controller.
You can follow this link for everything Jenn Kirby 😎