MusicTestLab - Slow TV

In the tradition of "minute-by-minute" TV shows, you will have the chance to watch RITMO researchers set up equipment and record a performance by the Borealis String Quartet. This is a unique chance to watch the "behind the scenes" of a very complex data capture session. We will stream everything, with live commentary by the researchers.

The Borealis String Quartet performing during MusicTestLab.

The Borealis String Quartet performing during MusicTestLab.


As opposed to previous MusicLab events, this is a public "behind the scenes" happening. The idea is for RITMO researchers to try out moving and setting up a lot of equipment in a short period of time in a public space, followed by a real-world data capture of a musical performance. This is necessary to see how feasible it is to use a similar setup at a large concert during MusicLab Copenhagen.

The event is following in the tradition of "slow TV" or "minute-by-minute" shows, with a live stream running all day. It is not possible to attend the event physically because of the current corona measures.

Watch the entire stream


All times are in GMT+1 / CET.

Welcome and live commenting on set-up
With Simon Høffding, Alexander Refsum Jensenius, Solveig Sørbø
First performance by the Borealis String Quartet
J. Haydn Op. 76, nr. 4 «Sunrise» in Bb major, movements: I. Allegro con spirito and II. Adagio.
  Transfer of data, reconfigure sensors and markers
Second performance by the Borealis String Quartet
J. Haydn Op. 76, nr. 4 «Sunrise» in Bb major, movements: I. Allegro con spirito and II. Adagio.
  Transfer of data and checking of data quality, rig down

End of program

First performance

The point of the MusicLab events is to study live music, and this was also the focal point of the MusicTestLab, featuring the Oslo-based Borealis String Quartet. They performed two movements of Haydn’s Op. 76, no. 4 «Sunrise» quartet. The first performance can be seen here (with a close-up of the motion capture markers):

Second performance

After the first performance, the musicians took off the sensors and glasses, had a short break, and then put everything back on again. The point of this was for the researchers to get more experience with putting everything on properly. From a data collection point of view, it is also interesting to see how reliable the data are between different recordings. The second performance can be seen here, now with a projection of the gaze from the violist’s eye-tracking glasses:

The Borealis String Quartet

Borealis String Quartet
The Borealis String Quartet.
The quartet was established in 2019 as part of the chamber music course at the Norwegian Academy of Music with professor Are Sandbakken as a teacher. During the fall 2019 semester, they participated in masterclasses with members from the Vision, Skampa,  St. Lawrence quartets, participation in the final rounds of Ungdommens musikkmesterskap, and participation in research projects at RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion at the University of Oslo. The 20/21 season has so far been focused on masterclasses with professor Tim Fredriksen during Voksenåsen Summer Academy and masterclasses with the Vertavo quartet through Oslo Quartet Series. The Borealis String Quartet will also contribute to the final season concert of Oslo Kvartettserie on 16 April 2021.
  • Members: Alfred Wang and Haakon Huynh (violin), Christopher Rossebø (viola), Maja Barratt-Due (cello)
  • Borealis String Quartet in social media: Facebook / Youtube / Instagram

Researchers and Production

  • RITMO: Alena Clim, Alexander Refsum Jensenius, Dana Swarbrick, Dongho Kwak, Henrik Herrebrøden, Jonna Vuoskoski, Kayla Burnim, Laura Bishop, Mari Romarheim Haugen, Marit Furunes, Rahul Agrawal, Simon Høffding, Victor Gonzalez Sanchez
  • UB: Christina Eide, Dag Backer, Dan Michael Heggø, Jonas Øren, Kyrre Traavik Låberg, Solveig Sørbø
  • LINK: Audun Bjerknes, Siri Jønnum, Thea Mathilde Lium Dahlborg


RITMO and University Library
Tags: MusicLab, Slow TV, live research, Open Science, music research
Published Oct. 15, 2020 11:08 AM - Last modified Oct. 14, 2021 1:44 PM