Virtual reality

“Motherese” is an interactive virtual reality opera, currently being developed by the researcher and composer Benedict Carey, and  is inspired by Manfred Stahnke’s “Orpheus Kristall” and Georg Hajdu’s “Der Sprung – Beschreibung einer Oper”. The aim of “Motherese” is to immerse an audience and a real-time composer (via a network) in the historical location of Göbeklitepe (southern Turkey) during an imaginary scenario set in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (8500-5500 BC).  Göbeklitepe is viewed by some to be the humanity’s earliest example of a temple, or alternately, an observatory. Within this scenery the music is generated, and the harmonic material is based on the theoretical light variation from pulsating stars that would have been overhead on the 1st of October 8000 BC at 23:00. Based on observations of the stars V465 Per, HD 217860, 16 Lac, BG CVn, KIC 6382916 and KIC6462033, frequency collections were derived and applied to the generation of musical sound and notation sequences within a custom VR environment. This environment is using a novel method incorporating spectralist techniques and the parameters controlling this ‘resynthesis’ can be manipulated by the performer using a Leap Motion controller, yielding both sonic and visual results. The final opera is to be viewed via Google Cardboard and delivered over the Internet in an effort to pose questions about real-time composition through time and space distortion, and invoke a sense of wonder and meaningfulness through a ritualistic experience.