The Globe and Mail, November 18, 2018
— The Hamilton Spectator (Original Link)
— September 28, 2015
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The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind is opening the doors of its ultra high-tech LIVE Lab theatre to the public for a series of six interactive concerts of jazz, experimental and world music.
The 100-seat LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab was built at a cost of $8 million on the second floor of McMaster University’s psychology building at 1280 Main St. W. and is a research facility to gauge how humans react to music. It is also one of the top listening rooms in the country.
The concert series, which opens Thursday with a concert by local jazz singer Aubrey Wilson, is called “.” Colleen Rolland, a LIVE Lab research assistant and communications associate, said the title reflects the ability of the theatre to deliver perfect live sound at low volume.
“We like to say that in the Live Lab the hearing is at 10 decibels, which means it’s really, really quiet,” Rowland said. “This is a way to get people into the Live Lab to spread the word we exist and that we’re researching music.”
The acoustics of the space can be manipulated via 28 microphones, a system of processors and mixers plus 71 loudspeakers all on separate channels to mimic anything from a reverberant cathedral to a noisy warehouse.
Sensors can also measure responses of performers and audience members, including movement, brain responses, muscle tension, heart rate, breathing rate and sweating responses.
Rowland said behavioural responses may be measured during Series 10dB to enhance the performances.
“We’re going to be making use of different pieces of our technology throughout the performances,” Rowland said. “Exactly what that will be, we’d like to keep as a surprise. We want the audience to be involved and we want each show to be different. It is going to be fun.”
Tickets for each performance are $25, with tickets for the entire series going for $125. Advance tickets can be purchased online through livelab.mcmaster.ca.
The Aubrey Wilson Quartet. Jazz music from a Mohawk College graduate who has been actively performing on the Ontario circuit since 2012.
•Nov. 5 — Margaret Bardos. A solo recital from a contemporary mezzo soprano.
•Dec. 3 — Neeraj Prem. Indian music by classically trained sitar master.
•Feb. 4 — Orphx. Experimental techno/industrial/electronic music.
•March 3 — Diana Panton. Juno-winning Hamilton jazz singer.
•April 7 — Cybernetic Orchestra. Live coding laptop orchestra.
Correction Published: 20151003- The name of Colleen Rolland was misspelled in a story Monday on the McMaster University LIVE Lab music series. Rolland is a LIVE Lab research assistant and communications associate.
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