Sound Manipulation with Ableton Live

Pure Research number nine was led by Cathy Nosaty, Laurel MacDonald and Philip Strong at Glen Morris Studio at the University of Toronto in Toronto, on December 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2006.

Topic of research and goals: Experiment with Ableton Live, a multi-track audio recording software that offers several possibilities for immediate manipulation and playback.

General inquiries: How could Ableton Live software be used in a theatrical performance to ´collect´ voices and sounds from the audience and use them in the performance?; How might one collect sounds from an audience in a theatrical way with minimum of instruction?; How might artists from various disciplines use Ableton Live in different ways that might occur to musicians?; Can the physical steps required to use the software be extended to physical movement, sound creation and storytelling on stage?

Participants:

Lead researcher: Cathy Nosaty, Laurel MacDonald and Philip Strong.

Participating artists: Yvonne Ng, Christopher House, Martin Julien, Lee Pui Ming Jessica Glandfield and a group of University of Toronto graduate students.

Nightswimming: Brian Quirt, and Naomi Campbell.


  Improvisation

Lee Pui Ming improvising for the research.

  Improvisation

Martin Julien improvising for the research.

  Group Improvisation

Group improvising for the research.

  Improvisation

Laurel MacDonald and Philip Strong improvising for the research.


  Improvisation

Laurel MacDonald improvising for the research.

  Improvisation

Christopher House improvising for the research.

  Improvisation

Yvonne Ng and Laurel MacDonald improvising for the research.

  Improvisation

Martin Julien improvising for the research.


  Group Improvisation

Group improvisation for the research.

  Improvisation

Christopher House improvising for the research.

  Improvisation

Yvonne Ng improvising for the research.

  Improvisation

Laurel MacDonald improvising for the research.


  Set Up

Set up and testing of the software and audio equipment for the workshop.

  “Reflections from nearly a decade on…”

Laurel MacDonald´s reflections on the research workshop.

  Thoughts on the Workshop

Philip Strong´s thoughts and observations written after the 3-day workshop.

  Participating Artists´ Schedule

Email sent by Laurel MacDonald to the participating artists with the schedule for the workshop.


  Letter for the Participating Artists

Letter sent by Laurel MacDonald to the artist participating in the research project.

  Submission Confirmation

Email confirmation of Cathy Nosaty, Laurel MacDonald, and Philip Strong´s application submission from Nightswimming.

  First Draft Application

First draft application sent by Cathy Nosaty to Laurel MacDonald and Philip Strong.

  Research Proposal – Response

Laurel MacDonals´s response to Cathy Nosaty´s project proposal.


  Research Proposal

Email sent by Cathy Nosaty to Laurel MacDonald and Philip Strong with a project proposal.

  Application Letter, Project Description, and Resumes

Cathy Nosaty, Laurel MacDonald, and Philip Strong´s Pure Research application letter, project description, and resumes.

  Report

Final report on the research project.