Sub-axis 5

Performance Analysis


The perceptual results of orchestration are highly dependent on how musicians interpret and realize them, the spatial positioning of instruments and loudspeakers, and the acoustics of the space in which they are heard. Performance studies thus need to be at the heart of the study of orchestration practice to characterize how perceptual effects of orchestration are represented in scores, conceived and communicated to performers by conductors, and then achieved by performers and music producers through rehearsal and mixing. Audio analyses across different interpretations are used to characterize what the relations among instruments are when the conductor is or isn't satisfied with the musical result. This method will be used under different conditions of room reverberation and spatial positioning of the instruments to learn more about the role of these physical factors in achieving specific orchestration aims in live performance and recordings.