International Seminar on Sonic Design
The seminar explored sonic design from multiple angles and celebrated the achievements of Professor Rolf Inge Godøy.
The seminar is set up to celebrate the achievements of Professor Rolf Inge Godøy and continue discussing some of the topics he has contributed to throughout his career. After studying musicology, philosophy, and the history of ideas at the University of Oslo, Professor Godøy moved on to obtain diplomas in music theory and composition from the Norwegian Academy of Music. He then worked as a freelance composer for several years before returning to academia to undertake a PhD in musicology. As a professor of music theory at the University of Oslo for almost 30 years he has taught and supervised several generations of students in a broad range of musicological sub-disciplines.
During most of his academic career, Professor Godøy has developed Pierre Schaeffer's concept of the sonic object into his own embodied sound and music theory. During the last decades, he has also been central in establishing the fourMs Lab as a world-leading infrastructure for research into music-related body motion. He is a principal investigator at RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time, and Motion, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence, until his retirement.
Professor Godøy has over the years proposed the concept of sonic design as an amalgam between artistic and scientific approaches to the creation and study of (musical) sound. On one side, sonic design includes the practices of synthesising entirely new sounds or recording, editing and mixing acoustic sounds. Over the years, these practices have merged with composition and orchestration techniques and various music production methods to allow for previously unheard of sonic results. In addition to such creative applications, sonic design can also encompass different sonification strategies aiming to create “objective” representations of data through sound.
Underlying all the practical approaches to the creation of sounds for various purposes are several basic research perspectives, including music theory, music perception, embodied cognition, phenomenology, acoustics, cognitive neuroscience, and digital signal processing, to mention just a few. As such, sonic design can be seen as a meeting point between basic and applied research, "soft" and "hard" approaches, and creative and analytic perspectives.
As a longtime practitioner, researcher, teacher, and supervisor, Professor Godøy has been central in developing a holistic approach to sonic design, from theory to practice. While much of his early work focused on sound as sound, he has extended his approach to considering the embodied aspects of both the performance and perception of music over the last decades. He is particularly known for his work on Musical Imagery (2001) and Musical Gestures (2010) and has over the last decade focused his attention on sonic and bodily (co)articulations.
|Thursday 5 May 2022|
|9:30||Coffee and registration|
|10:00||Welcome||Zafer Özgen||University of Oslo|
|10:05||Introducing the program||Alexander Refsum Jensenius||University of Oslo|
|10:10||Sonic design and the power-theory of music||Marc Leman||Ghent University|
|10:30||Connecting theories of music performance and expression for sonic design||Dahl, Sofia||Aalborg University|
|10:50||A Grammar of Conducting Expressive Gestures||Gibet, Sylvie||University of South Brittany|
|11:25||Empirical Analysis of Gestural Sonic Objects Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods||Visi, Federico||Luleå University of Technology|
|11:45||Cecil Taylor's Gestural Designs||Stover, Chris||Griffith University|
|12:05||Excitations and resonances: Misinterpreted actions in Neon Meditations||Holopainen, Risto|
|12:25||Introducing the Self-playing guitars installation||Erdem, Cagri||University of Oslo|
|12:27||Introducing the Dr Squiggles installation||Krzyzaniak, Michael||University of Oslo|
|13:15||Sonic Objects and Motor-mimetic Cognition: Promises, Limitations, and Emotive Affordances||Aksnes, Hallgjerd||University of Oslo|
|13:35||Music and Enactive Time Design: Glitches, (Dis-)Orientations, and the Ethics of Hesitation||Kozak, Mariusz||Columbia University|
|13:55||The Gestural Sonorous Other||Kelkar, Tejaswinee||University of Oslo|
|14:30||Analyzing kinematics of complex embodied music interaction||Toiviainen, Petri||University of Jyväskylä|
|14:50||Embodied pitch while walking to music||Migotti, Léo||Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris|
|15:10||Sonic design and spatial morphology||Ulf A. S. Holbrook|
|15:45||A Motion Capture Story from Facebook to the New York Times||Kobb, Christina|
|16:05||Different attitudes of expressive movements awareness in professional musicians through a phenomenological approach||Minafra, Annamaria||Conservatorio di Musica "N. Piccinni"-Bari|
|16:25||Gestures and instrument design||Wanderley, Marcelo||McGill University|
|17:00||Sounding Belfast During Covid-19: Lockdowns||Georgios Varoutsos||Queen's University Belfast|
|17:20||The Listening Body: Sound and the Sensory Apprehension of Movement||Gemma Crowe||Emily Carr University of Art + Design|
|17:40||Modifying audio parameters as we move: a site-specific approach to sonic design||Thomas, Denez||University of Rennes 2|
|18:00||Bubbles and tapas|
|Friday 6 May 2022|
|10:00||Interactive Music Performance||Erdem, Cagri and Lan, Qichao||University of Oslo|
|10:15||Acoustic Metamaterials for Sonically Designing Musical Instruments and Room Acoustics||Bader, Rolf||University of Hamburg|
|10:35||From a squeak to something general||Halmrast, Tor||University of Oslo / Cowi|
|10:55||Wearable musical instrument in rehabilitation||Louhivuori, Jukka||University of Jyväskylä|
|11:30||Sonic Design in Augmented Reality||Wang Yichen||Australian National University|
|11:50||Rendering Collected Ephemera Audible: Sonic Design as Attending to Multiplicity||Sagesser, Marcel Zaes||Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen|
|12:10||Broadcast Signals that Enable Sustained Concurrent Action||Upham, Finn||University of Oslo|
|13:15||Metrical Shapes||Haugen, Mari Romarheim||University of Oslo|
|13:35||My 50-year stroll through Sonic Design and Embodiment||Van Noorden, Leon||Ghent University|
|13:55||Embodied sound design of robots to reflect desired personality traits||Coca, Andres||Edinburgh Napier University|
|14:30||The evolution of electroacoustic music in a live SuperCollider composition||Christodoulou, Anna-Maria||National and Kapodistrian University of Athens / University of Oslo|
|14:50||Computational detection and characterisation of sonic shapes: Towards a Toolbox des objets sonores||Olivier Lartillot, Rolf Inge Godøy, Anna-Maria Christodoulou||University of Oslo|
|15:20||Sonic design||Rolf Inge Godøy||University of Oslo|
|15:50||Reflections on sound and structure||Anne Danielsen||University of Oslo|
|16:00||Closing of seminar||Alexander Refsum Jensenius||University of Oslo|
|16:15||End of program|
Abstracts and bios
Please refer to the abstracts of presentations and bios of presenters.
There will be one performance and two installations during the seminar.
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