Stuart James

Stuart James
Edith Cowan University · Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Doctor of Philosophy

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February 2008 - present
Edith Cowan University
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Publications (23)
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This article considers the ‘representation of decay’ in selected concert works by the Australian composer Cat Hope. It draws on a mixed-method research methodology, comparing the conceptual aspects of Hope's oeuvre with analyses of studio and live recordings of Hope's work and discussing how such ideas of ‘decay’ may play out in the sonic world. Tw...
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This paper talks about recent developments in the Decibel ScorePlayer project, notably the introduction of a canvas mode that allows for other applications to send drawing commands to the player via OSC. It outlines the object model that has been developed to allow for the creation of hierarchies of drawn objects, the commands that can be used to c...
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Lonely Woman from Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking 1959 album The Shape of Jazz to Come brought a completely fresh form of musical texture to jazz. The texture in which a fast-paced rhythm section, and in stark contrast, a slow moving and highly rubato hymn- like melody is established, has led to descriptions of the music being "completely free of...
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In this paper we outline a collaboration where live internet-based and local collaboration between research groups/musicians from Decibel New Music Ensemble 1 (Perth, Australia) and ZM4 2 (Hamburg, Germany), was facilitated by novel innovations in customised software solutions employed by both groups. The exchange was funded by the Deutscher Akadem...
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This paper discusses the percussion notation of Western Australian composers Lindsay Vickery, Stuart James and Cat Hope. Both the compositional and performative aspects of their notational conventions are considered in the diverse approaches they take to the specification of timbre, improvisation, and ensemble coordination. The design and interpret...
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This paper describes the concepts, implementation and context of Tectonic: Rodinia, for four realtime composer- conductors and ensemble. In this work, an addition to the repertoire of the Decibel Scoreplayer, iPads are net- worked together using the bonjour protocol to manage connectivity over the network. Unlike previous Score- player works, Rodin...
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This paper outlines a method of applying non-linear pro- cessing and effects to multi-point spatial distributions of sound spectra. The technique is based on previous re- search by the author on non-linear spatial distributions of spectra, that is, timbre spatialisation in the frequency domain. One of the primary applications here is the fur- ther...
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Previous research by the author has involved the investigation of sound shapes produced by the multi-point spatial diffusion of independent spectral bands. Fundamentally two implementations emerged through this research: one that primarily dealt with only the diffusion of spectra (i.e. spectral spatialisation) and another further extension of this...
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This paper documents a method of controlling complex sound synthesis processes such as granular synthesis, additive synthesis, timbre morphology, swarm-based spatialisation, spectral spatialisation, and timbre spatialisation via a multi-parametric 2D interface. This paper evaluates the use of audio-rate control signals for sound synthesis, and disc...
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Explorations of a new mapping strategy for spectral spatialisation demonstrate a concise and flexible control of both spatiomorphology and spectromorphology. With the creation of customized software by the author for audio-rate histograms, spectral processing function smoothing, spectral centroid width modulation, audio-rate distance-based amplitud...
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This research project examines the scope of the technique of timbre spatialisation that can be realised and controlled in live performance. Existing implementations of timbre spatialisation take either a psychoacoustical approach – employing control rate signals for determining azimuth and distance cues – or an adoption of abstract structures for d...
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In 2013, the Western Australian Ensemble Decibel presented a program of late works of the Italian composer, Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1908) at the Goethe Institute in Palermo, Italy, entitled Inner Space: The Giacinto Scelsi Project. Amongst the pieces, were two original works by members of the ensemble, as a kind of homage to the composer. One of thes...
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The use of Wave Terrain Synthesis as a control mechanism is a governing system that allows the performer to create a complex and coordinated change across an existing complex parametric system. This research has focused largely on the application of Wave Terrain Synthesis for the control of Timbral Spatialisation. Various mappings of the Wave Terra...
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Timbral spatialisation is a signal processing technique that involves the spatial treatment of all individual spectral bands extracted from a source sound. Previous research proposed that Wave Terrain Synthesis can be used as an effective bridging control structure for timbral spatialisation, enabling gestural control of the thousands of panning pa...
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To celebrate the centenary of John Cage’s birth in 1912, Western Australian new music ensemble Decibel undertook the realization of the John Cage’s completeVariations I – VIII. The works offer a unique insight into the development of Cage’s approach to composition practice, aleatoric approaches, spatial arrangements and the use of electronics. The...
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Western Australian new music ensemble Decibel have devised a software-based tool for creating realisations of the score for John Cage's Variations I and II. In these works Cage had used multiple transparent plastic sheets with various forms of graphical notation, that were capable of independent positioning in respect to one another, to create spec...
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Timbral spatialisation is one such process that requires the independent control of potentially thousands of parameters. Current research on controlling timbral spatialisation has focused either on automated generative systems, or suggested that to design trajectories in software is to write every movement line by line. This research proposes that...
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This article documents some of the conceptual developments of some various approaches to using multidimensional data sets as a means of propagating sound, manipulating and sculpting sound, and generating compositional scores. This is not only achieved through a methodology that is reminiscent of some of the systematic matrix procedures employed by...
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The Jitter extended library for Max/MSP is distributed with a gamut of tools for the generation, processing, storage, and visual display of multidimensional data structures. With additional support for a wide range of media types, and the interaction between these mediums, the environment presents a perfect working ground for Wave Terrain Synthesis...
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For the most part, Wave Terrain Sound Synthesis (WT) has remained within a conceptual domain defined by linear topographical structures deriving essentially from Euclidean and Cartesian geometry. Consequently, the technique has been characterized by simple oscillator and modulator types due to an inflexible process of modifying the phase state with...

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