Sound and music computing

MULTI at Borealis

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:17

How do we listen, and how do you compose when the audience is surrounded by sound? Borealis collaborates with the MULTI concert series to commission new works for multi-channel speaker setup, giving new musicians, composers and sound artists the opportunity to express themselves using spatial sound.

MULTI is a collaboration between Lydgalleriet, NOTAM, Borealis, Electric Audio Unit and BEK.

The concert series entails commissions and development of new work, software development and competence building within surround sound, as well as presenting important Norwegian and international works. 

For our 2017 edition, Tolga Balci, who has previously been behind the scenes at many Lydgalleriet and MULTI events but now lives in Turkey, will present a work for the first time on the surround system. Jacqueline George was part of the acclaimed Egyptian Females Experimental Music Session at Borealis in 2016, and having taken part in a surround sound workshop at BEK, we now invite her back to present a new piece in the format. Craig Wells, from the UK – but now a Bergen resident – combines live electronics and surround sound in a new work, and Yvette Janine Jackson, from the USA, presents a surround radio opera.

Tolga Balci: Black Empire – Fragile Objects
Jacqueline George: Happening now
Craig Wells with Mathias Loose: Bleached words

Yvette Janine Jackson: Invisible people (A Radio Opera)

Concerts at Thursday March 9th
at 17.00-18.00 and 19.00-20.00

Buy your tickets for MULTI at Borealis here

Photo by Vilde Salhus Røed/BEK

About the artists

Tolga Balci is a artist and musician, born in Ankara, Turkey. He initially studied sculpture and later focused on music and sound. He has MA in Fine Arts from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KhiB). Tolga plays with the Turkish experimental post-rock trio Karakamu. He currently lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey and Fredrikstad, Norway. For Borealis he will debut the piece Black Empire, Fragile Objects. The piece consists of recordings from special acoustic locations, field recordings from social events, group sessions of musicians and text.

Jacqueline George is a sound artist from Egypt. Her main source of inspiration is brainstorming and mind maps. She uses these to reflect on prevailing concepts such as time, the earth, death and freedom within human relations, reformatting them through different perspectives and different media. She is fascinated by how sound can carry ideas and is always looking for creative potential inside Cairo’s noise. Jacqueline visited Borealis in 2016 with the Egyptian Females Experimental Music Session.

Craig Wells is a British sonic artist and composer based in Bergen, Norway. His practice oscillates between free improvisation, sound collage and electroacoustic composition. He works under various monikers, most notably Klunks and Refrains where he weaves together field recordings, analogue synthesis and rhythmical paroxysms that are all held together with a jazz sensibility. The multi channel composition by Craig will be a dialogue of pre-recorded materials and live experiments in collaboration with Mathias Loose from Denmark.

Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer, sound designer and installation artist born in Los Angeles. Her radio operas frequently focus on historical events and relevant social issues expressed through composition, improvisation, acoustic, concrete and synthesized sounds, fixed media and live performance. Recent projects include Party Line, for San Diego Art Institute’s “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art”; Duets in the Key of Dada with David Molina at the San Francisco International Arts Festival; and a residency at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) which culminated with the premiere of This is Radio Opera at Audiorama.

Time and place:
  • Østre - 09/03/2017 17:00


MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 09:28
9 Mar 2017 Alex Posada, co-founder of Oval Sound, will give a talk on their music tech startup and the Oval, the first digital Handpan ever developed. More Information:  OVALSOUND website

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Thursday @ MTI Enhancement Week: Three masterclasses

Thursday March 2nd @ MTI's Enhancement Week events: three exciting masterclasses!


- Petros Galanakis: Composition/Production of Psychedelic Trance Masterclass, 10am-1pm, Queens 1.33


- Bob Coburn: Audiovisual Masterclass, 2-5pm, Clephan 00.16

- Tim Hall: Electric Guitar Recording Masterclass, 2pm-5pm, Queens 1.29a-c.

...And, don't forget to attend the MOBILISE! concert, tonight (Wednesday) 7pm in PACE!

Eric Young - Timing in the Auditory System

CCRMA-Stanford University - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 06:25
Date:  Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar How does the auditory system preserve the high accuracy needed to represent temporal signals such as speech and music? (Well, really all sound.) Think about the precision needed to encode the onsets of sound, let alone the cues needed to perceive pitch and binaural. This precision is orders of magnitude more precise than any where else in the brain. And yet the brain does it one spike at a time. OK, there are lots of spikes. How does the brain represent time, and how does an ensemble of spikes tell us what we need to know about the sounds around us? What is the mechanism that allows this exquisite precision?
FREE Open to the Public

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Parution CD Bernard Parmegiani Matières Premières

INA-GRM - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 16:08
28 Février, 2017

3 inédits de Parmegiani et 30 matières premières jamais publiées.

L' Agenda du GRM

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Wednesday: MOBILISE! conference & concert

MTI's Enhancement Week activities continue tomorrow (Wednesday): with the Mobilise! conference (10am-5pm) and concert (7pm), both in PACE:

MOBILISE Conference Wednesday 1 March, 10 am – 5pm
Discussions, presentations, demos featuring artists, developers and researchers exploring music, mobility and new sonic arts practice.
Norbert Schnell (Ircam, FR) Mobiles, participation and music performance.
Peter Sinclair/Elena Biserna (Locus Sonus, FR) Exploring, moving and mixing sound environments.
Frauke Behrendt (University of Brighton, UK) Sound, mobility and the Internet of Things.
Jakob Haq (SWE) Q&A with YouTube vlogger and mobile musician HaQ AttaQ.
Aneek Thapar (Ninja Tune, UK) Developing the Ninja Jamm app, workflow issues + some cool tips and tricks.

MOBILISE Performance Wednesday 1 March, 7pm – 9pm
Evening concert with IRCAM, DMU post-grad and MTI /MTIP students.

Margareta Ackerman: Algorithmic Songwriting

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 22:51
Date:  Thu, 04/13/2017 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom, Knoll 217 Event Type:  Guest Lecture

Abstract: Songwriting, the art of combining melodies and lyrics, poses new challenges to algorithmic composition. ALYSIA is a machine-learning system that learns the relationship between melodies and lyrics, and uses the resulting model to create new songs in the style of the corpus. While ALYSIA creates melodies for user-provided lyrics, another system, MABLE, creates computer generated lyrics that convey a coherent story. In addition to discussing both systems, an original song co-created by ALYSIA and music professor Joshua Palkki will be performed.
Joint work with David Loker, Chris Cassion, Rafael Perez y Perez, and Divya Singh.

FREE Open to the Public

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MTI Enhancement Week: Tuesday - MOBILISE! Hackathon

MTI's Enhancement Week activities continue on Tuesday February 28th, with the MOBILISE! Hackathon - 10am-4pm, Clephan 00.17.

Participants will design and program a simple performance mobile app using the Soundworks framework. No programming experience required!

A workshop for the CoSiMa web audio application with IRCAM's Norbert Schnell and Benjamin Matuszewski.

IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music), Paris, is one of the world’s most leading centres for electronic music, and this will be the first time their delegates have ever performed outside of London.

Then join us on Wednesday for the Mobilise Conference & evening concert!

MTI Enhancement Week - Monday: Town and Gown - A Leicester Music Extravaganza!

MTI's 2017 Enhancement Week activities kick off on Monday, with a student event at the Music Cafe!

Doors open 7pm - performers include Siobhan Mazzei, Timmas, The Whiskey Rebellion, Bitter Pill, Mitchell Underwood (DJ Set), Jack Cahill, House of Verse & Kait Baker-Smith

2Funky Music Cafe, 23A New Park Street, LE3 5NHo Leicester, United Kingdom

Sketching Sound: Spencer Salazar's Dissertation Defense

CCRMA-Stanford University - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 22:15
Date:  Thu, 03/09/2017 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Other Spencer Salazar will present a defense of his doctoral dissertation, titled "Sketching Sound: Gestural Interaction for Expressive Music Programming." We have developed two prototype systems to explore programming music using mobile touchscreen interactions and technologies. The first of these, miniAudicle for iPad, is an environment for programming ChucK code on an iPad. The second prototype developed is a sound design and music composition system utilizing touch and hand-written stylus input. In this system, called “Auraglyph,” users draw a variety of audio synthesis structures, such as oscillators and filters, in an open canvas. Free Open to the Public

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How Does Music Expression Depend on Structure?

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 17:30

Time: Fri 2017-02-24 15.00 - 17.00

Location: Fantum, Lindstedsvägen 24, 5th floor

Type of event: Seminars

AES E-News: February 23, 2017

AES E-News - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 16:05
1. Berlin Convention Hotel Bookings
2. New York Convention Call for Papers
3. New AES Live Videos Available
4. Upcoming Conference News
5. Job Board Update
6. AES Journal January/February Issue Now Available

YoMo: Presentation of TELMI project in the Mobile World Congress

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:46

On February 27th at 1PM we will be presenting TELMI project in the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) which is part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress.

More Information:  MWC YoMo

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EARLY BIRD tickets for Gjenlyd

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:16

The mini festival Gjenlyd will take place on April 30th from 14-19h at Bergen University College. EARLY BIRD tickets before March 15!

For the one-day mini-festival GJENLYD, the contemporary music scene in Bergen will be celebrating local hero Morten Eide Pedersen, new music pioneer Pierre Boulez and compositional contortionist Ruben Sverre Gjertsen – whose music is famously impossible to play.

Read more about the festival here, and get your tickets here!

Ultimo Scenario

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:50

The exhibition “Ultimo Scenario” at the old Children’s Clinic at Haukeland University Hospital, exhibits works by 15 artists which in their practices are concerned with situations and site specificity. The artists engage with themes like the building’s architectural history, materials found on the premises, sounds and images that connect to the site, and personal experiences as next of kin at the clinic.

Image above: The sound installation “Murmur” by Daniela Ramos Arias
Images to the right: Stills from “Essay on Color” (2017) by Anne Marthe Dyvi

In collaboration with Trond Lossius (BEK), Daniela Ramos Arias has made the site specific sound installation “Murmur”, where the sound of her son’s heartbeat wanders back and forth in the corridor. Anne Marthe Dyvi (BEK) shows the new video work Essay on Color, a translation of language into color. BEK has lend technical equipment to both Samuel Brzeski and Cecilia Johnson, related to production and display of their works.

Vernissage Saturday 18.02 at 17:00

Opening hours:
Sunday 19.02. 11:00-17:00
Monday 2.20. 13:00-19:00
Tuesday 21.2. 13:00-19:00

The old Children’s Clinic at Haukeland University Hospital will be demolished during 2017 to make way for Bergen’s new Children and Youth Hospital. In a collaboration with VISP, Kunstfrisk and Haukeland University Hospital have initiated an exhibition at the premises of the Children’s Clinic 18-21 February 2017. The exhibition is curated by Elias Björn, Gard Andreas Frantzsen and Jane Sverdrupsen. Coordinator of the exhibition is Daniela Ramos Arias.

“Ultimo Scenario” shows works by 15 artists who have been chosen specifically for their ability and interest in working with site-specific projects. The artists have been invited to shed light on aspects of the Children Clinic’s history and its role in society over the 66 years it has existed. The clinic provides in an artistic sense an interesting context that the artists have been encouraged to explore according to their own interests and practices. In order to By emphasizing diversity in the selection process the curators have chosen artists that employ a wide range of methodologies and thematic approaches in their practices.

Topics the artists explore span from the building’s architectural history to personal experiences as next of kin at the clinic. Several artists have appropriated found materials on the premises that was deemed useless by the hospital as the clinic closed down, others again make use of sound and images connected to the site.

The exhibition provides a last opportunity to experience to the building that has had its lifespan in a period that coincides with what has been deemed as Norway’s golden age, from the postwar period to the present day.

Participating artists
Daniela Ramos Arias, Karin Blomgren, Samuel Brzeski, Eleanor Clare, Anne Marthe Dyvi, Duncan Higgins, Rasmus Andreas Hungnes, Cecilia Jonsson, Gabriel Kvendseth, Anne Helen Mydland, Suvi Nieminen, Charlotte Piene, Corrina Thornton, Sveinung Rudjord Unneland & Borghild Rudjord Unneland

Read more about the exhibition here

The exhibition is supported by Haukeland University Hospital, Faculty of Art, Music and Design – UiB, VISP, BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts and Lydgalleriet.

Time and place:
  • Den gamle Barneavdelingen ved Haukeland universitetssykehus - 18/02/2017 to 21/02/2017

Journal paper on the QUARTET dataset and the Repovizz system

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:15

Over the past few years, there has been an increasingly active discussion about publishing and accessing datasets for reuse in academic research.

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Gisle Martens Meyer: There is no Here, Here

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:08

Facing us on stage: a musician. He plays electronica. Works his machines like a hacker. But we can see him much better on screen. There, reality is different, and constantly changing.

The performance is co-produced by BEK, with BIT Teatergarasjen. A version was also shown at Oktoberdans 2016.

Behind the controls he directs his own live screen life. We see him there on stage, and we see him on film, in social media, in video games, on digital screens in the screen, in selfies, on Instagram, on posters, in commercials, in dating apps… Where we really are and what we see, soon becomes a big question. Where does this performance take place?

“There is no Here, Here” is based on William Gibson’s books, the science fiction author who invented the word cyberspace, and his bleak visions of lonely hackers battling digital reality. This is no longer fiction, no longer future. Today we all live in these fragmented realities. The devices control us, digital profiles socialize for us, algorithms choose for us – the Internet of things connects us to an increasing extent, the Net is always with us, and we, we are no longer really here.

Find more info and tickets at BIT Teatergarasjen

After the performance there will be post performance rave with Anders G February 24th and Marikie February 25th!

Time and place:
  • Østre - 24/02/2017 to 25/02/2017

Workshop opportunity at Borealis!

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:17

March 8-10th
Morning sessions: 10:00-12:00
Afternoon sessions: 15:00-17:00

Throughout Borealis, composer and live coder Thor Magnusson and writer Bergsveinn Birgisson will be holding a workshop on writing and sound at Lydgalleriet.

Read more about the workshop here.

To participate in the workshop, contact

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