Jérôme Joy

Independent composer and performer and artist-researcher PhD University Laval Quebec.

Keywords: music, sound, listening, space, sonic environments, architecture

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The series of Internet based technological developments in recent decades affects and transforms so deeply our practices and perceptions that the very notion of auditorium cannot remain untouched and unscathed. What we discern as a listening space for production and reception of music and for sound propagation in space and in time is now overlapping the specific physical structures and architecture (concert halls, venues, esplanades, etc.) towards enlarged and invisible sensory enveloping forms: internet auditoriums. We have to examine those 'spaces': their architectural filiation with places and rooms, their plasticity for being built, planned, settled and landscaped for listening, their ability to locate and seize listeners and to be explored by sound productions designed to be listened to. That is why the author is opening several assumptions crossing both musical and sound production, spaces and places for audiences, sociotechnical arrangements and interactions, all being perceived as coherent, seamless, and homogeneous (that is producing an 'auditorium'). One example is the Synema project that was premiered as a networked audio-visual performance at the Remote Encounters International Conference on April 2013. This project is part of a series of works that involve what the author considers as an extended music for expanded and expanding auditoriums and the expected development of a music 'by' environment: when music and environment are intermingled, collaborate together, and both oscillate. Thus such as attuned listeners we could explore an idiomatic music and new aesthetic experiences both based on properties of sound propagation in acoustic networked, tuned and connected spaces.

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Jérôme Joy is a French composer and performer, living and working in Nantes (F). Since the beginning of the eighties, his work is based on sound intensity, duration and loudness as structure and de-structuring of music. He is presently tenured professor at the National School of the Arts at Bourges (F) and research co-director - with Peter Sinclair - of Locus Sonus, audio in art research lab. He is currently engaged in a Ph.D. in audio art & experimental music at Laval University Quebec.

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