The International Contemporary Ensemble has been named the first-ever ensemble-in-residence by the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) program. As a continuation of the ICE’s previous partnership with Nokia Bell Labs, the residency will further the ensemble’s commitment to the exploration and redefinition of how music is made and experienced.
As ensemble-in-residence, the ICE will serve as a cultural resource and ambassador to the mission and history of E.A.T. In the next year, the ICE will bring the emerging technologies of Nokia Bell Labs into their own events in pursuit of three goals: to celebrate recent and historical artistic relationships with Nokia Bell Labs, to foster new artistic collaborations dedicated to understanding the unique capacity of music as a language, and enhance the audience experience by way of immersive, interactive modes of listening.
In addition to public events, performances, and new commissions, the ensemble will also work with Nokia Bell Labs engineers and E.A.T. staff to explore new hardware and software interfaces that enhance listening experiences. The culmination of this research will advance interactive binaural (headphone) listening via the “Digital Illuminated Manuscripts” project.
A “Digital Illuminated Manuscript” (DIM) is an interactive media portal which allows a listener to explore a work more deeply, creating a connection with the composer, the musicians, and the unique sound world of a piece of music. Through DIMs, listeners are given up-close-and-personal access to numerous building blocks of the language of music. Listeners can take a virtual seat next to the cellist, or the pianist (for example), to gain a unique awareness of the communication between instrumentalists and the interplay of the composer’s orchestrational designs.
Information courtesy ICE press release.