Grateful Live: Mixing Multiple Recordings of a Dead Performance into an Immersive Experience
Recordings of historical live music performances often exist in several versions, either recorded from the mixing desk, on stage, or by audience members. These recordings highlight different aspects of the performance, but they also typically vary in recording quality, playback speed, and segmentation. We present a system that automatically aligns and clusters live music recordings based on various audio characteristics and editorial metadata. The system creates an immersive virtual space that can be imported into a multichannel web or mobile application allowing listeners to navigate the space using interface controls or mobile device sensors. We evaluate our system with recordings of different lineages from the Live Music Archive’s Grateful Dead collection.