Electronic Music Foundation
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IRCAM, NYU and Columbia University
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Paris-New York

      Improvisation &

      May 16—18

A gathering of researchers and artists dedicated to the exploration of the links between musical improvisation and digital technologies.

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Friday, May 18
Workshops & presentations at Columbia University

Columbia University Prentis Hall
Computer Music Center
632 West 125th Street 3rd Floor

Please note: You are invited to attend any or all of these sessions as our guest. But since space is limited, please let us know that you are planning to attend by sending an email to events[at]emf.org. Let us know when you expect to come and how many people you'll be.


Doran Massey: The Gamification of Wiki-like Music Composition and Improvisation

Damon Holzborn: Touch Device Instruments
Touchscreen computing devices include an array of interface technologies that can be used to create more complete musical instruments than their laptop/desktop cousins. Capabilities such as multitouch, accelerometer, gyroscope, and camera can be combined to design self-contained instruments. Liabilities such as limited computing power, reduced multitasking ability, and restrictions on interfacing with peripheral devices define boundaries on their use, however. Leveraging touchscreen device strengths while remaining mindful of their limitations suggests a simple, instrument-model approach to music app design.

Denis Beuret: Improvising with an augmented trombone with generative features
Improvising with an augmented trombone with generative features : Denis Beuret, trombone & Interactive Computer System


OMax & Friends: The OMax Improvisation System
The musicians are: Benjamin Lévy, OMax; Nine Spirit (Raphael Imbert, sax; Simon Sieger, trombone), and Sylvain Roux, flutes & fifres. OMax is a software environment which learns in real-time typical features of a musician's style and plays along interactively, giving the flavor of a machine co-improvisation. It is based on researches on stylistic modeling carried out by Gerard Assayag and Shlomo Dubnov and on researches on improvisation with the computer by G. Assayag, M. Chemillier and G. Bloch & B. Lévy (aka the OMax Brothers) in the Ircam Music Representations group. OMax has been played by / with such musicians as Bernard Lubat, Aka Moon, Mike Garson, Cécile Daroux, Steve Lehman, Mari Kimura, Jacques Di Donato, Médéric Collignon, Brice Martin, Michel Donéda, François Corneloup etc.


Sandeep Bhagwati: On Native Alien, Live-Comprovisation and Distributed Creativity, with Navid Navab, Julian Stein, and Lori Freedman
Native Alien is a cross-traditional comprovisation project for soloist and live computer environment at matralab (Concordia University Montréal), led by Sandeep Bhagwati, with programming by Navid Navab and Julian Stein in a modular environment using diverse improvisation and score softwares such as OMAX, CATART and BACH. Over the past 3 years, various leading musicians from diverse traditions have worked with and contributed to research and development on this project, among them: Mike Svoboda (trombone, Switzerland), Amelia Cuni (Dhrupad, Vicenza), Vinny Golia (saxes/flutes, Los Angeles), Rohan de Saram (cello, London), Wu Wei (sheng, Berlin), Dhruba Ghosh (sarangi, Mumbai), Lan Tung (erhu, Vancouver), Coat Cooke (sax, Vancouver), Mei Han (guzheng, Vancouver), Cheryl L'Hirondelle (Cree recitation, Vancouver), Lori Freedman (clarinet, Montréal), David Rosenboom (piano, Los Angeles). In this demo-presentation, we will discuss the history of and aesthetic challenges encountered during this project, the architecture of the Native Alien environment, especially the (mis)uses and combinations of existing software environments realized. We will also discuss the research-creation methodology employed in this projects, its benefits and drawbacks.

Les Emeudroïdes: L' Emupo.
The Emeudroïds : Clément Canonne, piano, Joris Rühl, Clarinet; Roméo Monteiro, percussion, with the EMUPO interactive computer system. A breathtaking mixture of collaborative laptop orchestra and acoustic instruments.


Dave Soldier: Improvisation by Brainwaves and Timeless Music
With Tristan Mckay, piano. A short discussion of EEGs and the physiology of brainwaves, with a demonstration of a simple two electrode EEG system designed by Brad Garton that triggers MAX MSP events to create music whether or not there is volition by the composer/performer. Also, mathematic approaches to create "timeless" music by playing with musical dimensionality featuring pianist Tristan McKay on the clavinova performing Soldier's Fractals on the Names of Bach & Haydn.

Curtis Bahn, Terry Pender, Dan Iglesia

Slavo Krekovic: Flexible Body Electric
Improvisation with a hybrid analog-digital organism utilizing interactive techniques (machine learning) and wireless controllers for an expressive performance.

Sam Pluta: Laptop Improvisation in a Multi-Dimensional Space
Using information theory as a foundation, this paper defines virtuosity in the context of laptop performance, outlines a number of challenges that face laptop performers and software designers, and provides solutions that have been implemented in the author's own software environment. A summary of the argument is that by creating a multi-dimensional environment of Sonic Vector Spaces and implementing a method for quickly traversing that environment, a performer is able to create enough information flow to achieve laptop virtuosity.

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