The Music Legacy Project is an innovative project that combines Ethnomusicological data collection and the use of a 360° audiovisual recording device, destined for various types of Virtual Reality head-mounted interfaces.
The main goal of this project is to document the Legacy of Musical Masters coming from many different parts of the world (starting in Canada with the potential to extend worldwide). By doing so, we want to create an Immersive Audiovisual Music Library, focusing on Sonic and Cultural aspects, while using an ethnomusicological methodology and approach. Our aim is to enable the listener to be fully immersed into World Musical Masters performances, reconnecting people with ancestral musical knowledge.
These performances will be accessible to the public via virtual reality interfaces (head-mounted displays but also interactive tablets, smartphones, 360° website, etc…). Focusing mainly on immersive sound experiences through omni-binaural recordings, we are also contemplating the development and production of some interactive and visual features to be implemented into the 360° videos, like for example windows popping out and giving access to some social and extra-musical datas.
We already have all the technical equipment (360° cameras and omni-binaural microphone) to perform this revolutionary type of ethnographic recording, and we are eager to collect primarily on Canadian Heritage (indigenous and folkloric performances among others). Initial tests have been executed since March 2015 in India, Colombia and Canada. However, we now seek other possible avenues for the project, including collaborations with Museums, 360° dome like facilities and other interactive spaces.
Our next planned shooting will take place next month in the Montreal area, first with a Native group called the Buffalo Hat Singers, and then with a traditional band from Morocco, Salamate Gnawa. Both band should include a Dancer, so that we could see in 360° both musicians and dancers at the same time.
Powwow Dancer Ivanie Aubin-Malo at McGill Powwow
Sixto Paito Salgado