Master 2018 2019
Stages de la spécialité SAR
Orchestral Distribution Effects in Sound, Space and Acoustics

Site : Faculté de musique, Université de Montréal
Lieu : Faculté de musique, Université de Montréal
Encadrant : Caroline Traube
Dates :De février/mars à mai/juin (4 mois)
Rémunération :1500 dollars canadiens
Mots-clés : Parcours ATIAM : Acoustique, Parcours ATIAM : Informatique musicale, Parcours ATIAM : Traitement du signal


ODESSA – Orchestral Distribution Effects in Sound, Space and Acoustics

ODESSA is a collaborative project between the Université de Montréal, McGill University and Detmold Music, realized in the context of the ACTOR partnership (Analysis, Creation and Teaching of Orchestration). With the aim to study orchestral blending effects, a joint music production and evaluation of an orchestral recording has been realized at Salle Claude-Champagne on September 29-30, 2018, with the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal (OUM) under the direction of conductor Jean-Francois Rivest and Tonmeister Prof. Martha de Francisco, with a team of students from Detmold and Montreal realizing a multimicrophone recording, as well as acoustical research activities by Prof. Malte Kob. Prof. Rivest will lead the student orchestra in a rehearsal session of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, the “Pathétique”. Excerpts of the work have been recorded in the full orchestral setting or in variable combinations of single instruments, partial or complete orchestral sections performing together, allowing to illustrate timbre blending between the groups. The main objective of this project is to trace instrumental blending in an orchestra by listening to and analysis of the sound of instruments as recorded from different perspectives. The comparison of close microphone pick-up and ambient recording should illustrate the importance of reflected sound for our perception of instrumental blend.

In the context of the project, the internship in musical acoustics mainly concerns the extraction of acoustic descriptors which characterize the presence of blend.