Session/Séance 9a: CSTM Workshop 2. Saturday/samedi 27 May 2017 2:45PM - 4:00PM, EJB 330
Chair: MEGHAN FORSYTH (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Virtual Reality, Spatial Sound and New Ethnographic Techniques
ONS BARNAT (University of Ottawa)
By putting the user at the center of an immersive experience, VR technology offers new ways to think about the relationship between artists and their audiences. From the research side, how could this paradigmatic shift influence the way we do ethnography? What happens with the researcher’s position? What about the musicians? How to measure the artists’ choices in the data analysis? How to manage the marketing of such content? After an overview of different audio recording techniques used in Virtual Reality, this workshop will allow participants to experience on VR headsets our first ethnomusicological data collected with a 360° audio-visual recording device. From a presentation of our Mitacs postdoctoral research, the Music Legacy Project (www.musiclegacyproject.com, developed in partnership with the audio-visual post-production company La Hacienda Creative, based in Montreal and Toronto), participants could estimate the role of sound recording in the “restitution” in VR. This workshop will also address some of the methodological, ethical and epistemological issues raised by the use of such an experimental device.