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Mathew Burtner (USA)
Lecture: SUN, 2 October 2011 at 4 PM, Moderna galerija

Interactive Ecoacoustic Control Interfaces for Musical Performance
Using specialized transducers and interactive software, the environment can become a dynamic instrument for musical performance. This talk described recent projects using ecoacoustic data mapping for interactive systems. Burtner’s work uses specially-designed hardware interfaces and interactive programming to create dramatic multimedia musical works. He discussed recent ecoacoustic compositions using an erupting volcano, a sand dune, Arctic ice deformations, and wind turbulence as interactive interfaces. Composing outdoors in collaboration with nature, Burtner’s work attempts to define human-nature dialectics in musical form. He then attempts to bring aspects of these environmental systems into concert music performances in concert with human musicians.

William Brent (USA)
Lecture: SUN, 2 October 2011 at 4.30 PM, Moderna galerija

This presentation considered creative applications at the intersection of two libraries developed by the author for Pure Data: timbreID and DILib. The timbreID library provides a convenient set of tools for real time and offline audio analysis, while DILib streamlines the acquisition and management of control data from widely available sensor hardware. As one system is geared toward analysis/synthesis and the other toward the physical control of synthesis parameters, they can be used in tandem for the design of novel digital musical instruments. Features and general design characteristics of each system will be described, followed by demonstrations of specific instruments that make use of accelerometers, multitouch surfaces, infrared fingertip tracking, and full body tracking

Eduardo Miranda (GB)
Lecture: MON, 3 October 2011 at 3 PM, Moderna galerija

A-Life for Music @ Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR)

Artificial Life, or A-life, is a field of scientific research aimed at the study, through computational modeling, wetware-hardware hybrids, and other artificial media, of all phenomena characteristic of natural living systems. Its scope ranges from the investigation of the emergence of intelligence and behavior in natural or artificial systems to the development of life or lifelike properties from inorganic components. A number of artists and musicians, in particular composers, have started to turn to A-life for inspiration and methodology. This lecture presented the pioneering work at the crossroads of A-life and music that is developed at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) at the University of Plymouth, which ranges from the development of biological sound computing and techniques to model the evolution of music, to techniques to synthesise sounds with in vitro neural networks and new approaches to musical composition informed by the neurosciences.