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Summary:PhD Studentship
Deadline: 03 July 2013
Date Posted: 29 June 2013
Details: The Department of Music in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton (UK), together with the London Sinfonietta, Sound Intermedia and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, announce a fully-funded collaborative PhD studentship, commencing 1 October 2013.

The studentship is for the project Hands-on Sound: tracking technologies in music for live electronics.

The project sets out to evaluate the application of optical motion tracking systems for controlling sound in live music performance through tracking hands, fingers and marked objects. This multi-disciplinary research will be based on three systems of control embodying state-of-the-art research, affordable consumer and low-cost bespoke technologies and will involve working with the HAWK (Hand And Wrist Kinematics) software platform developed at the University of Southampton for analysis of functional hand movements in the field of biomechanics.

The use of contemporary systems provides the opportunity to revitalise works of the past, and to transform the audience experience with more dynamic and expressive performance practice. For new works, a better understanding of the connection between performers' physical gestures and aural results has the potential to push forward compositional practice in this area and to engage new audiences. Through collaboration with leading contemporary music ensemble the London Sinfonietta and sound design partnership Sound Intermedia the studentship will provide an opportunity to work with organisations responsible for exciting and innovative performances both in the UK and internationally. The project will directly contribute to public performances at significant venues and has the potential to lead to future performances and compositions.

The research is concerned with comparing the technical capabilities of tracking systems, and with practical evaluation of such systems, in terms of translating the expressive intent of the performer on to sonic results, and how the audience can perceive such a connection. The project will therefore adopt a 360-degree approach to the study of these systems, encompassing composer, performer and audience within the research.