[LAA] please post: announcing Operacraft premiere

Ivica Ico Bukvic ico at vt.edu
Thu Dec 5 00:52:51 UTC 2013

Apologies for x-posting...

It is my pleasure to announce tonight's premiere of OPERAcraft. Hosted 
by Virginia Tech's Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, in 
collaboration with the School of Performing Arts (SOPA), and Linux 
Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork), this week will feature a premiere and a second 
performance of a newly produced opera. While both events are sold out, 
they will be also streamed live online (please see below for a link and 
additional info).

OPERAcraft couples traditional opera with a custom mod of ubiquitous 
Minecraft designed at Virginia Tech specially for this purpose. Using 
Linux Laptop Orchestra's pd-l2ork software Minecraft's custom mod is 
transformed into a full-fledged staging environment, with animated 
character mouth movement driven through pd-l2ork's speech analysis 
engine, hand and body gestures, multiple camera angles, camera view 
mixer, subtitles, behind-the-scenes performer warnings, and a full scene 
control (fadeouts, transitions, etc.).

A 20-minute opera titled "The Surface: a world above" is desiged by and 
large by high school students, including story, libretto, costume and 
set design. The project is directed by Prof. Ariana Wyatt, Virginia Tech 
School of Performing Arts' voice faculty. The music is an adaptation of 
Mozart's arias performed by Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts' 
piano faculty Dr. Tracy Cowden. Operacraft mod and supporting pd-l2ork 
infrastructure was imagined and designed by Virginia Tech School of 
Performing Arts' and ICAT computer music faculty Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic 
and devised in collaboration with Virginia Tech Computer Science 
undergraduate student Cody Cahoon.

For additional info visit:

Virginia Tech Center for the Arts Page:
https://www.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/ (click on Performances & Events -> 
Other Events)

Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

Livestream (December 4th 730pm EST, December 7th 2pm EST):

L2Ork and Pd-L2Ork:

Best wishes,

Ivica Ico Bukvic, D.M.A
Composition, Music Technology
Director, DISIS Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio
Director, L2Ork Linux Laptop Orchestra
Head, ICAT IMPACT Studio
Virginia Tech
Department of Music
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0240
(540) 231-6139
(540) 231-5034 (fax)

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