AES New York 2009 Saturday, October 10, 9:00 am — 10:30 am
W7 - Virtual Haydn: Recording and Performing in Virtual Acoustics
Wieslaw Woszczyk, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tom Beghin, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Martha de Francisco, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Doyuen Ko, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Keyboardist, record producer, and virtual acoustics architect have joined forces to apply “virtual acoustics” for the first time on a cutting-edge commercial recording of Virtual Haydn to be released in September 2009 on four Blu-ray discs by Naxos. More than fourteen hours of music are performed on seven instruments in nine “virtual rooms.” Featured rooms range from Haydn’s own study in his Eisenstadt home to the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, England. They have been acoustically measured, digitally mapped, then precisely recreated in the recording studio allowing the performer to interact with his virtual surroundings in real time, as if he was actually performing in those rooms. The panelists will present interdisciplinary challenges of this project and celebrate the 2009 Haydn Bicentenary at AES.