Creating Digitally-Enhanced Acoustic Performance Spaces for Pipe Organ and Choir

Philip Matthias, David Cornforth and Nathan Scott Part of CW18

This research is a preliminary examination of how real-time digital processing can enhance the performance of pipe organ and choral music in acoustic performance spaces. It considers the issue of matching repertoire to appropriate acoustic environments in addition to creating new spaces through digital processing It investigates two techniques to digitally enhance acoustic spaces and discuss the tools, aesthetics and issues faced when using these two instruments. These issues are explored in two live music performance events where the aims of this study are realized, providing performers with a variable acoustic space and the audience with an enhanced listening experience. The innovation of this work lies in the treatment of the particular instruments and the control of their blend to create a new, definable acoustic space.