Super Pamplemousse is a sound system for the chamber group Ensemble Pamplemousse, consisting of instrumentally dissective amplification systems for flute, violin, cello, percussion, and piano; wearable speakers for each ensemble member; and software programming demonstrating the potential of the system.
SuperPamplemousse consists of three distinct elements. These are: a microphone array for each instrument (flute, violin, cello, percussion, piano); wearable speakers; and the composition, which includes processing of each instrument. Each microphone array will consist of between 2 and 6 powered electret microphones, designed in such a manner as to maximize the noise capabilities of each instrument. Each ensemble member’s microphone array will plug into his/her respective sound card and computer, and output to the wearable speakers. The speakers will be networked to allow each performer’s sound to be sent to any other performer’s speakers. The wearable speakers will consist of an array of miniature 1-watt speakers (used only for noise) and 4 small 10W speakers, until the flat speaker technology which has recently emerged becomes available to consumers. The composition will be structured as to maximally demonstrate the potential of the mic arrays and localized speakers, and will using the processing capabilities of Pure Data.