ICE - IEM Computermusic Ensemble

The IEM Computermusic Ensemble (ICE) is a group of electronic musician, specialized playing with computermusic instruments, such as interactive, augmented hyper-instruments or simulations of real instruments. The target is to play contemporary music, adapted or written for computermusic ensembles, but also interpretation of historical ensemble music with virtual instruments. ICE is focused to play with a spatial audio system, especially Ambisonics or wave-field systems, where they are rendered within small or large concert halls and also open environments.

First concert

First public concert has been at porgy and bess on 9.9.2011, playing "fields", a series of composition dealing with field recordings.

Ensemble ICE at porgy and bess 2011

The ICE Vision

Structure of ICE

The IEM Computermusic Ensemble ICE, has the aim to be an ensemble with computer musicians and an real or virtual conductor, playing their computer over different interfaces and network in an electro-acoustic concert hall. Therefore they play with a speaker system, which is an abstract rendering engine in 3D-Sound. This could be an Ambisonics speaker systems with is adapted for the actual performance room or any other 2D or 3D rendering engine. Each musician use the whole speaker system individual as musician. They are not depended on unified hardware, but on unified transmission protocols in audio and control data over a high speed network. They can speak with each other over data network. Also the focus is a fast setup, doing all the audio and control data transmission over defined protocols and streaming formats, to feed the abstract spatialization engine, being controlled by the conductor or with an override possibility for a virtual conductor. ICE is planed as an ensemble for 8-21 musician, since an orchestra would be to big, but each musician can play many instruments or an instrument group and can simulate an orchestra.