User Agreement: A prepared music field performance

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Tuesday August 21

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6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

The College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is proud to announce the world premiere of User Agreement on Tuesday, August 21, at the Bechtler Museum. User Agreement, by California-based composer Ian Dicke, is scored for soprano, chamber ensemble, and dynamically spatialized audio delivered through a system of Bluetooth beacons, streaming prerecorded music, and custom smart phone apps to explore how the propagation of search engines and social media has drastically altered our collective perception of anonymity and privacy in the digital age. 

To compliment this programmatic narrative, audience members are invited to download a free mobile application that augments the live performance with additional musical content. To encourage audience members to physically explore the concert space, the musicians will be positioned in a widely spread arrangement throughout the Bechtler Museum. As listeners move around, their physical position is tracked by a series of mounted beacons, which in turn deliver a unique combination of audio streams through the mobile application. As a result, no two listeners experience the work in the same fashion.


User Agreement: A prepared music field performance

Composer: Ian Dicke, University of California, Riverside

Research: Alireza Karduni, Noushin Radnia, Trevor Hess, Evan Danchenka, and Professor Eric Sauda at the Digital Arts Center, UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture

Information Technology Development: Iosif Yeremuk and the team Levvel IT Consulting

Musicians: Lindsay Kesselman, soprano; Jenny Topilow, violin; Mira Frisch, cello; Jessica Lindsey, clarinet; Scott Christian, percussion