This article is the second of two that have come from Jens Jørgen Dammerud’s PhD dissertation on Stage Acoustics —a subject not often addressed in acoustics books, but nonetheless quite important to performing musicians.Read More
Most musicians have at least some interest in acoustics. After all making sound is our business. Some of us have even taken an acoustics course in school. I remember taking such a course. We learned about overtones, wave forms, decibels and the like. We also learned about concert hall and room acoustics. But what I have no recollection of ever learning is the acoustics on stage—what musicians hear as we perform. Pretty important and interesting stuff, since what we hear on stage is not what the audience hears. This important and overlooked subject was the subject of Jens Jørgen Dammerud’s PhD dissertation and Polyphonic.org is proud to present some of the findings of his study here in two installments.Read More
Paul Austin, Vice President of ROPA (Regional Orchestra Players Association), was a member of the AFM Media Committee that negotiated the Integrated Media Agreement. The 2010 ROPA conference had quite a bit of discussion about the new agreement, so I asked Paul to address some of the issues and confusions that arose. He decided to “bust a few media myths” for us!Read More
I recently started receiving email messages from ICSOM and ROPA about a new website for the musicians of the Arizona Opera Orchestra, who are in the midst of difficult negotiations with new management. Upon checking out www.AZOOMA.org, I discovered not only an extremely well-done website, with lots of photos, articles, and blog entries, but also some intriguing short videos. A message from Nathan Kahn, AFM negotiator, stated that this was “in my opinion some of the finest orchestra PR work I have seen in my 20 years with the AFM, and worth sharing.” I must agree!
I asked Bruce Hembd to describe the process by which he put together the AZOOMA website, working with the orchestra committee and negotiations committee to craft a public persona for the musicians who play opera in both Tuscon and Phoenix. His article should be most helpful for other player organizations who are contemplating putting up a website of their own.Read More
I met Rebecca Krause-Hardie at a musicians’ luncheon at the League’s 2007 conference in Nashville. After discovering several mutual friends in the horn world, we started talking about how orchestras use technology. Rebecca’s extensive experience in adapting new media to the arts world impressed me enormously, and I urged her to share her knowledge with Polyphonic readers.
Her first contribution is an interview with Bob Lauver, Pittsburgh Symphony hornist, who is producing some very creative videos for the PSO’s blog.Read More
Orchestras are constantly exploring new technologies that can enhance the audience’s appreciation of their concerts, from multi-media concert experiences and digital program notes to new web experiences. Since February 2006, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa Canada has been producing bi-monthly 30-minute podcasts featuring their upcoming programs. Polyphonic has been featuring the NACOcast of Gustavo Dudamel on our home page for the past month.
I recently had a fascinating conversation with Chris Millard, host of the NACOcasts and principal bassoon of the NAC Orchestra, and Maurizio Ortolani, NAC’s New Media Producer. They discussed the origins of the podcasts, how they put them together, and the technology they use. Thus far they’ve produced about 30 podcasts on a wide range of topics; click here to explore their offerings and listen, and read on to experience a behind-the-scenes view of the NAC studio.Read More