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virtureal ton

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we are looking for facts and opinions as well as questions and answers

        a c o u s t i c   v i r t u a l i t y .

we are

        ISCM (international society for contemporary music)
        MICA (music information center austria)
        ORF-kunstradio (austrian broadcasting corporation)
        and myself, sha.

a composer, sound researcher and computer musician myself - currently i am
 staying in
paris at IRCAM - i will design the upcoming issue of the

        music magazine   (IR (J t o n  (IR (J
        (published by the austrian section of ISCM / online version ORF).

this issue will be dealing with music the origin and motivation of which lies
 within the
realms of the physical and spatial plasticity of sound and sound-structures as
 well as in
their spontaneous sensual perceptibility and the creation of perceptibility

this music - recognized as soundart - is no longer bound to venues and places
designed for the production of art but will / has to conquer its very own space;
 and not just
(physical) real (feel subsonaquaticas!) space but also virtual / telematic and
o(u)t(h)er space as well. this new soundscape offers the possibility for our
system to move independently; not depending on other perceptible parameters -
 the visual
perception of space in particular. the acoustic and the visual images of space -
by experience - do not coincide with each other anymore; they are
  (IR (Jdis-sonant (IR (J and their
relation must be redefined. in every-day-space, far from the high altars of high
 art, this
retuning will enable the ear to become emancipated.

with the assistence of new technologies acoustic virtuality introduces virtual
that where inaccessible up to now, although they did exist before and were

        every space can sound (like) sound
        every sound can sound (like) space

Duden 1994: Virtualit $B3U (J, die; -, -en: innewohnende Kraft oder
 M $BSH (Jlichkeit

however, the definition of the ideas  and concepts of acoustic virtuality are
 only about to
come into being; yet numerous other fields are closely related to this subject.
 aside from
reflections on space / the perception of space from a philosophic point of view
 as well as
their application in real life

        - acoustic ecology, sound design and sound/installation/art -

this could be the following:

interactive 3D/4D spatialisation-systems striving to win the most precisely
sound of space from the space of sound.

basic research (and its applications) to the latest knowledge in the field of
 psycho- and
physiological acoustic (which define the basis of understanding of the
 audio-perception and
-transformation of space more precisely).

computer programs for analysis, dsp and composition the basic structure of which
the aspect of space into consideration as a crucial parameter.

art-projects / art-experiments which combine such diverse influences and
sensually percebtible virturealities.

and last not least all thougths which may sound like fantasy when compared to
 all serious
endeavor but will prove to fuel future artistic and technological developments.

if you are interested to enter this huge arena of unanswered questions or you
 are racking
your brains / your ears over them (like i do), send your suggestions / proposals
 / questions
/ articles / instructions and the like via e- or snail-mail or fax!

the collection of subject matter should be done preferably by using the internet
 - as the

        v i r t u r e a l   t o n

is going to be online from 10/96 onwards.

deadline for all contributions: 15/09/96


if you (want to) know more about this subject, you will receive infos about the
 progress of
the project and - on request - my basic concept of the virtureal ton.


please help me sprend the word and pass on this information to your mates and

i would be grateful for prosperous participation.

        (pTM of andreas rodler)

grashofgasse 3/8/10 - 1010 vienna - austria
tel/fax +43-1-5130309 / e-mail rodler@ircam.fr