An evening of performances across times zones and countries, the telematic concert “World Delay” was held during the 6th Musicacoustic-Beinjing in June 2009.
Initiated by Kenneth Fields with the support of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community and the China Electronic Music Centre (China). I curated and organized the Vancouver concert featuring Martin Gotfrit, Philippe Pasquier, Jean Routhier, Stefan Smulovitz performing in collaboration with musicians in Calgary and Beijing for the local and remote audiences. Other performances were taking part in Calgary and Beijing. I presented both sister compositions Coastal Calls: Japan and Coastal Calls: Canada.
It was held at Emily Carr University’s Motion Capture studio with a custom designed acousmonium of eight discreet channels surrounding the audience.
The technical setup requirements, combined with a live audience situation, was an interesting challenge. Because both live microphones and line signals were being re-injected in the multichannel signal path, I needed to insure no delayed feedback could be inadvertently created from the close proximity of speakers and microphones in all three venues, which required numerous rehearsals with all systems linked. Thanks to the MAX/MSP programming chops of Simon Lysander Overstall, a very refined sound mixer insured beautiful music was heard.