Rethinking the BEAST: Recent developments in multichannel composition at Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre

Scott Wilson, Douglas Harrison

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Abstract

This paper outlines some recent developments in multichannel composition at the Electroacoustic Music Studios, University of Birmingham and its performance wing, BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre). In doing so it attempts to codify and define some emerging aspects of spatialisation practice which are found both within the BEAST community and beyond. The discussion covers software and techniques developed and adapted for use with BEAST, new and pragmatic approaches to composing for large-scale multichannel systems, such as n-channel composition and composing in 'stems', and issues arising from a resulting blurring between composition and performance practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-250
Number of pages12
JournalOrganised Sound
Volume15
Issue number3
Early online date25 Oct 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

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