UWE Bristol graduate brings audio visual feast to the Bristol Prom

Issue date: 05 July 2013

Jonathan Landon

Visitors to the Bristol Proms at the Old Vic this summer will be treated to a high-impact interactive audio visual delight, courtesy of a Music Technology UWE Graduate.

Jonathan Landon, a graduate of UWE's Audio and Music Technology programme, will be accompanying the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, who will be playing Max Richter's rendition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

In one of his first projects at Bristol based agency Play Nicely, Jonathan has written a computer program which analyses music played by the orchestra in real-time to control an animated interpretation of the Four Seasons sonnets that the original concertos were written to accompany.

“Everything within the animation will react to different parts of the orchestra in real-time through spectral analysis, pitch, onset and beat detection” says Jonathan, “This is achieved using eight microphones to record different sections of the orchestra, which are fed to a Max/MSP application which in turn communicates with the Unity3D animation."

Dr Tom Mitchell from UWE Bristol explains, “We use Unity3D and Max/MSP on the Music Technology programmes to teach signal processing and interactive game audio and Jonathan has clearly been developing these skills since graduating, enabling him to work on fascinating collaborative projects such as this.”

Dr Mitchell will be also be making an appearance at the Bristol Prom, working with the with the renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti as part of his involvement with danceroom Spectroscopy, an Art-Science project which has recently earned an Honourable Mention in the 2013 Prix Ars Electronica awards and also won the award for 'Best Digital Innovation of 2012' by the UK Royal Television Society.

Jonathan's performance with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will take place on Wednesday 31 July. Dr Mitchell's performance with Nicola Beneditti will take place on Friday 2 August.

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