Traversal for Pipe Organ is a virtual performance exploring connectivity between worlds. As the name implies, it is a temporary link between the live pipe organ in a concert hall and a multi-user virtual world. “Physical” actions and events in the virtual realm compose the work in real time with the end product being a physical and aural realization of virtual performance.
As elements of the virtual instrument were engaged, their physical interactions – touch, physics, collision events – were used to create performance gestures on the organ in Sursa Hall. John Fillwalk, who had created the performance environment and virtual instrument as well as collaboratively conceptualized the work, performed live camera for the event that followed the performance for the live audience. Jesse Allison composed the controllable sound events, and managed the communications link between the virtual and physical during the performance.
Excerpt from the premier performance.