Sound and music computing

Federico Llach - Performance Limitations, Life Cycles and Experimentation as triggers for Composition

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 21:39
Date:  Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Guest Lecture Federico Llach will present a selection of his works and will discuss the role that conceptual statements have had in arriving at unforeseen sonic or staging outcomes for his compositions: an instalation where musical scores are shredded, a musical ping-pong game and an audiovisual exploration of contrasts in video and music. Llach will unveil some techniques used in his compositions "This Time Around" and "Umpqua" and will intiate a discussion on its aesthetic consequences.
  FREE Open to the Public

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BEK presentasjon at FAQ festival

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 19:47

At the FAQ festival i s-Hertogenbosch Marieke Verbiesen gives a presentation of sound and music projects produced at BEK.

FAQ festivalis a festival for electronic music.

Den syvende utgaven av FAQ Festival for elektronisk musikk vil finne sted den 7. til 10. april 2016 i ’s-Hertogenbosch, Nederland i selskap med W2 Poppodium, Playful Arts Festival og Willem II Factory.

FAQ Festival utforsker grenser hvor populær og avant-garde musikk utfordres, med fokus på elektronisk musikk.

Festivalen finner sted ved “De Toonzaal”; en liten, koselig konsertsal som holder til i en gammel synagoge i s-Hertogenbosch. Siden 200 har De Toonzaal vært en arena for klassisk og samtidsmusikk, jazz og world music.

Time and place:
  • De Toonzaal s-Hertogenbosch - 09/04/2016 to 09/04/2017


Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 19:47

Time and place:
  • De Toonzaal s-Hertogenbosch - 09/04/2016 to 09/04/2017

Exhibition at Kristiansand kunsthall

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 14:45

The exhibition at Kristiansand kunsthall by Sveinung Rudjord Unneland was partly developed at BEK. The sound installation integrated in a sculptural work.

Sveinung Rudjord Unneland is a young artist based in Bergen. His work is mainly in painting and sculpture, but for this exhibition a sound piece recorded and edited by the artist has been an important part of the project. Rudjord Unneland has a strong artistic language in colour, and this time sound have been added to his palette.
BEK have assisted him with integrating a soundscape from Syntagma Square in Athens into one of the sculptural elements in the space.

Time and place:
  • Kristiansand kunsthall - 17/03/2016 to 01/05/2016

Heimevernet at Studio USF

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:54

In Heimevernet Lisa Nøttseter examines what it means for something to be typically Norwegian, looking at history, sociology and culture. She is left with a satirical and distorted micro-Norway, following its own logic. BEK is co-producer.

The Norwegian romantic nationalism movement sought to build the nation on mutual history, language and identity. It’s a bigger challenge to establish an understanding of how we view ourselves in today’s postmodern society. This task has barely started. Heimevernet looks closer at the multitude of understandings of a national self. Should we accept the national identity as being fluid and flexible? Is it possible to for us to bridge the gap between “us” and them” by acknowledging that there are countless perceptions of what it means to be Norwegian?

It is through others that we see ourselves, whether they are Syrian refugees or Romani beggars. Some struggle to accept this view and refuse to admit to having a limited understanding of themselves. Because the world is ultimately a just place. We are better off because we simply are better. Successful, grateful, and privileged, we defend our brilliant systems and sovereign oil wealth. Welcome to a night of authentic Norwegian cosiness and well-being.

Kunstnerisk leder: Lisa Nøttseter | Scenografi og kostyme: Silje Sandodden Kise | Utøvere: Marianne Kjærsund, Maja Roel og Emilie Dahlén | Lysdesign: Silje Grimstad | Lyddesign: Thorolf Thuestad |Produsent: Ragnhild Gjefsen | Co-produsert av: BIT Teatergarasjen, BEK | Støttet av: Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen kommune, Hordaland fylkeskommune og Bergen Dansesenter.

Time and place:
  • BIT-Teatergarasjen / Studio USF - 07/05/2016 19:00
  • BIT-Teatergarasjen / Studio USF - 07/05/2016 21:00

Doing Time

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 09:09

The film Doing Time (2015) by Anne Marthe Dyvi is exhibited at Krognoshuset in Lund, Sweden. The work was made at BEK for the exhibition LOKALT 2015 in the old prison in Bergen.

Doing Time. A 9,5 minute long film shot in August 2015 in a male prison in Norway. The film portrays the process of a convict making candles, an artist discussing his work with him, and him talking about religion, science and life. The film is shot during two days in a high risk department in the prison. The convict is Emmanuel Okeke, he is from Africa, and he have six months left before he is free after doing six and a half years. Then he will be sent out of Norway. His family lives in Spain. He have not seen them in six years.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 17/03/2016 to 20/04/2016

New Web Site for Jamoma

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 21:34

The web site for Jamoma has been revamped. It has a new design, and uses Bootstrap so that it works with mobile devices as well.

The structure of the site has been reorganised, making it easier to find information, tutorials and downloads. Tutorials are still missing, but the plan is to add a series of screencasts over the coming weeks.

Andrew M. McKenzie - film screening and conversation

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 21:03

Andrew M. McKenzie is a legend of the sound art and experimental music scene. With great perseverance and integrity, McKenzie has, since the late 1970s, produced a large body of work, predominantly in performances, records and writings under the name The Hafler Trio.

At BEK we will be screening the documentary “Giving a Baby a Chainsaw – An Art Apart: The Hafler Trio”, followed by a conversation with McKenzie on his work and thinking.

British artist Andrew M. McKenzie was born in the UK in 1963. As a teenager at the epicentre of punk culture in the late 1970s, he brought his budding interest in art and sound together in a project that would have nothing to do with frustrated rock n’ roll or political sloganeering. The project, called “The Hafler Trio”, bloomed in the early 1980s as a platform for McKenzie’s groundbreaking explorations of sound, music and esoteric spirituality. The project as such still exists some 30 years later on and has gone through many different phases and collaborations, often based on impressions of the locations where he?s lived, like the Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia and, most recently, Latvia.

With album titles like Fuck, Masturbatorium, I Never Knew That’s Who You Thought You Were, A Thirsty Fish, Being a Firefighter Isn’t Just About Squirting Water, Three Ways of Saying Nothing, and a book title like Plucking Feathers from a Bald Frog, it isn’t hard to sense some kind of kinship with surrealism and Dada in McKenzie’s work. In 2009, he even recorded his own version of Tristan Tzara?s classic song La Chanson Dada.

In the early 1980s, writer William Burroughs and painter Brion Gysin were enthusiastically revived and revered by a new generation of artists not only inspired by a romanticized Beatnik lifestyle but also by the magical theories behind the experimental writing and art. The symposium The Final Academy in London in 1982 showcased these gentlemen in an apprehensive environment that in many ways acted as a springboard for pushing their ideas onwards. For Andrew McKenzie, meeting these icons led to his developing a do-it-yourself Dreamachine kit in collaboration with Gysin and others.

In the mid-2000s, McKenzie developed a concept called “Complementary Education” or “Complemation”. Integrating composition, recording and performing with hypnosis and efficiency techniques in a group setting, he has successfully organised several of these events or workshops in different countries. Instead of working with these separate fields of interest, he has merged them and invited others to join in. The resulting pieces of music from each session are used later on as fundamental building blocks in future workshops. Thereby creating, in theory at least, an endless piece of music.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 12/04/2016 19:00

Séminaire Recherche et Technologie

IRCAM - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 23:00

« Modélisation de tension et extraction de motifs pour la transformation de séquence musicales ». Mercredi 20 avril, 12h, Ircam

Avec Dorien Herremans, post-doctorant au Centre for Digital Music Queen Mary University of London

Résumé (en anglais)

A major problem with much of the automatically generated music is that it lacks a structure and long-term coherence. In this research, we have defined the music generation problem as a combinatorial optimization problem. The advantage of this approach is that it gives us the freedom to impose both hard and soft constraints. In this talk different types of structure, such as repeated, transposed patterns, are constrained. The Cosiatec pattern detection algorithm was used to find maximum translatable patterns. These patterns were then used to constrain the output of a music generation algorithm called MorpheuS. A second form of structure, which is soft constrained, is a tension profile. This type of tension could be relevant to, for instance, automatic generation of game or video music. We have developed a model that captures aspects of tonal tension based on the spiral array (Chew, 2012), a three dimensional model for tonality. Our approach first segments a musical excerpt into equal length subdivisions and maps the notes to clouds of points in the spiral array. Using vector-­based methods, four aspects of tonal tension are identified from these clouds: the cloud diameter measures the dispersion of clusters of notes in tonal space; the cloud momentum measures the movement of pitch sets in the spiral array; tensile strain measures the distance between the local and global tonal context; finally, angular momentum measures the directional change for movements in tonal space.

The results of generating polyphonic piano music with constrained patterns and tension profile show larger structures and sound musically interesting. 

  • Date : mercredi 20 avril
  • Horaire : 12h
  • Lieu : Ircam, salle Stravinsky

Stage logiciel : Jitter

IRCAM - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 23:00

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PhD Studentship in Technology Enhanced Learning of Music Instruments

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 17:26
PhD Studentship in Technology Enhanced Learning of Music Instruments
Application closing date: 22/04/2016
Start date: 01/09/2016

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CANTE: Open Algorithm, Code & Data for the Automatic Transcription of Flamenco Singing

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:20

The MTG has published CANTE: an Open Algorithm, Code & Data for the Automatic Transcription of Flamenco Singing.

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Retour sur la création d'Olga Neuwirth

IRCAM - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 23:00

Le Encantadas o le avventure nel mare delle meraviglie fut présentée à la Philharmonie de Paris le 21 octobre dernier

Soirée Pierre Schaeffer

INA-GRM - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 13:33
19 Mai, 2016

Jeudi 19 mai, de 21 h à 23 h,

à la Maison de l'Amérique Latine, 217 Bd Saint Germain, Paris 7


- un montage audiovisuel : Pierre Schaeffer, en pointillé … , réalisé par Jocelyne Tournet-Lammer (avec l’aide et le soutien de l’Ina et de  Daniel Teruggi, directeur du GRM).


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Announcing the Sónar Innovation Challenge

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 08:41
The MTG will not organise the Barcelona Music Hack Day this year, instead we are starting a new initiative in collaboration with the Sónar Festival: the S& More Information:  Sónar Innovation Challenge

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Chris Dobrian: Realtime Characterization of "Gesture" in Music

CCRMA-Stanford University - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 17:25
Date:  Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom (Room 217) Event Type:  Guest Colloquium Christopher Dobrian will describe a realtime computer methodology for defining, segmenting, and characterizing "gesture" in music. In addition to, or in place of, tracking the physical gestures of music performers, one can track the gestural quality embodied in the music itself, the implication of gesture found in the sound. By means of computer analysis of salient aspects of a live musical performance such as its pitch fluctuations, variances in dynamics, and the inter-onset interval between events, the music can be empirically segmented as a sequence of perceived “gestures”. FREE Open to the Public

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TuneSplit Semantic Equalization and Remixing

CCRMA-Stanford University - Sat, 04/02/2016 - 02:40
Date:  Thu, 04/28/2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA Class Room [Knoll 217] Event Type:  DSP Seminar TuneSplit Semantic Equalization and Remixing
by Alejandro Koretzky, CEO & Founder at tuneSplit
FREE Open to the Public

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FouJS - Time to frequency domain transforms and performance in the web browser

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 21:35

Time: Fri 2016-04-01 14.00 - 15.00

Location: TMH, Room Fantum, 5th floor, Lindstedtsvägen 24

Type of event: Seminars

CCRMA Open House 2016

CCRMA-Stanford University - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 01:15
Date:  Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:00am - 5:00pm Location:  The Knoll Event Type:  Other Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) invites you to come to our annual Open House on Friday, April 22nd.

Join us as we present lectures, hands-on demonstrations, posters, and musical performances of recent CCRMA research including music in virtual reality, internet reverb, neuroscience of music and of narrative engagement, wave digital filter simulation of classic analog audio equipment, programming languages for music and sound synthesis, data-driven research in music cognition, and a musical instrument petting zoo.

The Open House will take place from 10am – 5pm.
FREE Open to the Public

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Juraj Kojs: E-Slovakia T

CCRMA-Stanford University - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 00:03
Date:  Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert Please join us as Juraj Kojs preforms E-Slovakia T. This is an interdisciplinary work combining sound and movement in a real-time controlled environment, contemplating the experiences from Juraj's native Slovakia. A set of wireless sensors (developed at Aarhus University, Denmark) are attached to the body of the performer, assisting in a creation of a unique artistic content. Slovakian ancient bass-pipe fujara, insistent vocalizations and folk-inspired piano tune are interwoven into a story of an immigrant. Ancient soundscapes unfold—poignantly, into a technology-infused presence.

FREE Open to the Public

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