Auracle
Max Neuhas, Phil Birk, Jason Freeman, Sekhar Ramachrisnan, Kristjan Varnik, David Birchfiled

Auracle is a voice controlled networked music instrument. It was realized at Akademie Schloss Solitude by the Auracle Team. (Max Neuhas, Phil Burk, Jason Freeman, Sekhar Ramachrisnan, Kristjan Varnik and David Birchfield) The concept of the project grew from Max Neuhas' interactive radio works in the 1960s and 1970s.

Auracle is a networked sound instrument, controlled by the voice. It is played and heard over the Internet. To participate, simply launch Auracle in your web browser, join an ensemble, and create sounds with other participants in real time. While it takes years to learn how to control an instrument such as guitar or piano, Auracle requires no special training to play. It takes advantage of the sophisticated and flexible vocal control we all have from our ability to speak.

Your voice, however, is not the source of Auracle's sounds it is merely a way of controlling those sounds. You play Auracle with other people anywhere in the world in groups of up to five players called Ensembles. All members of an ensemble are able to hear each other's gestures. Listen to the active ensembles in Auracle by clicking on their names. Stay with a group that you like, or create a new ensemble yourself and invite others to come and play.

Auracle is an instrument, not a piece; it is a system, not a musical composition. It has an internal structure, but it does not define or control the interaction of its participants. The architecture itself adapts over time in response to how it is used.


project homepage: http://www.auracle.org
keywords: sing-interactive-performance-sound-speech-
audiovisual-realtime-voice-multiuser-musical-
network-applet software for the Internet and java
category: performance-based
uploaded by Kristjan, 21 Oct 2004




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