Sound and music computing

New from MTI's John Richards: Polytik synth!

"Dirty Electronics’ John Richards and graphic designer Jack Featherstone have created a new hand held synth"

http://www.thewire.co.uk/news/45334/new-modular-synth-set-to-hit-the-market

"A new hand held synth called Polytik is about to go public. The hybrid analogue/digital device was designed by Dirty Electronics’ John Richards and designer Jack Featherstone in collaboration with Artists & Engineers production and technology studio. It will be available as four separate colour-coded modules: blue (Core) is a sequencer, programmer and mixer; red (VCO) features voltage controlled feedback and voltage controlled oscillator; black (combi) features the same as red and includes filtering; and yellow (noise) has a noise generator, patchable feedback networks as well as VCF.

“Polytik is born out of a DIY ethos and the maker community,” state the manufacturers. “It uses open-source hardware and encourages users to make new modules and hacks, but Polytik has been crafted into something very different – a series of beautifully designed objects in their own right.”

The Core module is loaded with 30 pre-programmed sequences and more modules can be added. Furthermore there is a Golden Chip special edition pack which comes with an additional 20 sequences programmed by John Richards and a further 10 sequences with interviews and comments embedded in the code from musicians and artists including: Simian Mobile Disco, Mark Fell, Frieder Nake and Nik Colk Void & Gabe Gurnsey aka Factory Floor. The first modules will be available to buy this spring and available for pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign set for launch on 31 January. London Modular will also hold workshops with the synths. Details yet to be confirmed."

Adrian Freed: CNMAT, UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies: 1989-2016

CCRMA-Stanford University - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 20:19
Date:  Wed, 02/08/2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location:  ccrma classroom Event Type:  Guest Colloquium With my retirement from the University of California last year, CNMAT's activity under the aegis of its founders ended. In this broad review of CNMAT's activities, networks and agency I will focus on enduring ideas, patterns and influences and point to active projects around the world that typify the experimental, multidisciplinary approach CNMAT explored.
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MTI congratulates doctoral graduate Neal Spowage

"CLASS OF 2017: Graduating with a PhD is music to Neal's ears"

"Almost 20 years after first setting foot on campus, Neal Spowage is delighted to have scored a doctorate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)."

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2017/january/class-of-2017-graduating-with-a-phd-is-music-to-neal's-ears.aspx

Next Generation Sound Synthesis at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre

CCRMA-Stanford University - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 01:02
Date:  Tue, 02/28/2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217] Event Type:  DSP Seminar

Abstract: The NESS project (standing for Next Generation Sound Synthesis), funded through a Starting Grant from the European Research Council for five years beginning on January 1, 2012 is an exploratory project, concerned entirely with synthetic sound—and in particular, numerical simulation techniques for physical modelling sound synthesis in parallel hardware. It is a joint project between the Acoustics and Audio Group and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, both at the University of Edinburgh. The models developed in the course of the project span a large set of systems, including brass, cymbals and gongs, percussions, guitar/fretboard interaction, bowed strings and large 3D room acoustics simulations.

FREE Open to the Public

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Festival Présences "Kaija Saariaho, un portrait"

INA-GRM - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 14:29
10 Février, 2017 - 19 Février, 2017

Rétrospective Kaija Saariaho – 26 œuvres au total –, depuis les premiers opus écrits en France jusqu’aux toutes dernières compositions parmi lesquelles 3 commandes de Radio France : True Fire (2014), Light Still and Moving (2016) et Trans (2016).

Le programme du Festival sur le site de Radio France

L' Agenda du GRM

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Hauan and Urstad: SPRANG

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 14:16

ISPRANG is a composition of sound that transforms into light and activates a pattern of optical fibres. The installation uses the window towards the sea as a reverberating surface, so that parts of the sound can be heard from the square outside Visningsrommet.

SPRANG can be experienced February 3rd – 19th at Visningsrommet USF, in a version made especially for this room. BEK has been consultant for the sound work, and the installation has been set up with BEK’s equipment.

The exhibition opens Friday February 3rd at 18.00 -20.00, and will be opened by Gunnar Danbolt. See Visningsrommet USF’s website for opening hours during the exhibition period.

Utgangspunktet for verket SPRANG er hentet fra gammel kunnskap. Her møter den urgamle, tekstile teknikken sprang lydlige fenomen som overtoner, lydbølger og vibrasjon basert på Pytagoras’ teorier om akustikk og geometri. Sprang som tekstil teknikk har vært kjent i Norden helt fra bronsealderen. Den er en måte å konstruere et stoff på ved bruk av oppspente tråder og kan minne om en enkel form for vev hvor det kun er renning.

Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan har siden 2007 samarbeidet om en rekke fiberoptiske lydinstallasjoner, med visninger på blant annet Lydgalleriet i Bergen, Intervall – Bergen Rådhus initiert av Curate.no, Article Biennalen i Stavanger, Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum og SOFT galleri i Oslo.
Utstillingen i Visningsrommet USF er den tiende i rekken og markerer også at det er ti år siden deres første felles utstilling på Kaunasbiennalen fant sted ved Nasjonalmuseet i Kaunas i 2007.

Hilde Hauan er fra Tromsø og arbeider i Bergen. Hun er kunstner og professor på Fakultet for kunst, musikk og design, UiB.Hun har utstillingserfaring fra en rekke land.
www.hildehauanjohnsen.no

Maia Urstad bor og arbeider i Bergen. Hun har bak seg en lang rekke audiovisuelle utstillinger i inn- og utland, sist på Radiorevolten i Halle, Tyskland og ved Foundation PROA i Buenos Aires. ´
www.maia.no

Utstillingen er støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Hordaland fylkeskommune, BEK – Bergen Senter for Elektronisk Kunst og KHiB.

Photo credit: Svein Ove Kirkhorn

Time and place:
  • Visningsrommet USF - 03/02/2017 to 19/02/2017

Off the Page - the music festival without music - at Landmark January 27-28th

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:01

Have you ever been to a concert and felt that the conversation you had at the bar about the music was just as interesting as the music on stage? Off The Page turns down the volume on stage and directs the spotlight to the conversation.

At Landmark in Bergen Kunsthall you will meet musicians, writers, composers, critics and artists who gather to talk about and explore ideas around music – why it means so much and how it can make a difference in our lives.

The aim of Off The Page is to bridge the genre gaps and focus on the ideas behind and around music. The festival is structured as a live version of the music magazine The Wire, with talks, lectures, panels and performances. We also present a set of relevant films about music and a rich, alternative music market.

The programme includes talk on sleeve art by Rob Young, an elegy to FM by Maia Urstad, performance lecture on the Radiophonic Workshop with Thora Dolven Balke, a Tony Conrad documentary screening, The Wire DJs and more. See the full program at nyMusikk’s website.

Off The Page in Bergen is arranged by nyMusikk and The Wire, in collaboration with Bergen Kunsthall and Landmark.

MTI presents: Vibez Project

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Vibez Project: Vibraphone & Electronics feat. Simon Limbrick

Wednesday February 1st, 7pm, DMU PACE
https://www.facebook.com/events/719794218185246/

A very special concert, featuring outstanding percussionist Simon Limbrick and the UK premiere of a new work by MTI's very own Bret Battey!

A performance-based project focused on the vibraphone, incorporating extended playing techniques, alternative compositional processes and technologies, including responsorial sound, visual media and sound diffusion. Each of the works in the programme explore a different approach to composing for the vibraphone.

Works by Battey, Limbrick, Stockhausen, Carpenter, Stewart, Vitkauskaite, Owen, & White.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

MTI celebrates: 50 Years of John Richards

MTI's first concert of 2017 was a celebration of '50 Years of John Richards', our beloved colleague, teacher, and friend. The concert included new works composed for the occasion by Leigh Landy, Andrew Hugill, and James Andean, as well as a wonderful range of performances from MTI staff and students, past and present, including the Man of the Hour himself.

Here are a few photographs from the evening:

Adaptive mixing of noisy and robust beamformers for enhancement, visualization and reproduction of sound fields

CCRMA-Stanford University - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 01:19
Date:  Thu, 03/02/2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217] Event Type:  DSP Seminar Speaker: Symeon Delikaris-Manias , PhD candidate (advisor Ville Pulkki), Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics, Aalto University, Finland
FREE Open to the Public

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Vibeke Sorensen: From Global Visual Music to Transmodal Transmedia Art

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:42
Date:  Wed, 02/01/2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA classroom Event Type:  Guest Colloquium Film, video art, and audio-video synthesis of the 1960s and 70s developed over the following 4-5 decades into high resolution 3D computer animation and diverse forms of physical-digital art of the 2000s. ‘New media art’ today is quickly developing into a diverse, hybrid form of transmodal tranmedia art that includes digital photography and film, computer animation, music, sensors, wireless devices, social networks, VR and DIY. Bio-art and eco-design are emerging as further developments bridging technology and sustainability. This talk will discuss related ideas and artworks of Vibeke Sorensen produced along this trajectory with focus on her recent works informed by her experience of living and working in Asia. FREE Open to the Public biography-main_profile-image-291x300.jpg

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Participation in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Phonos project - UPF - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:32
Saturday, 2017, February 11 - 11:30

On February 11th we will participate in an event within the framework of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in which we offer the workshop Joc/ So/ Cosa part of Sons de Barcelona project.

Information and registration here

 

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Towards conversational speech synthesis - Experiments with data quality, prosody modification, and non-verbal signals

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:32






Time: Thu 2017-01-19 15.00

Location: Fantum, Lindstedtsvägen 24, plan 5, KTH Campus

Type of event: Licentiate Seminars





La musique est un jeu d'enfant

INA-GRM - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:53

François Delalande

Avec la collaboration de Jack Vidal et de Guy Reibel

Ce livre de référence pose les bases de l’« éveil musical », enrichi de l’analyse de centaines d’expériences pédagogiques menées par des éducateurs de toute la France. Il a pour but d’aider non seulement les enseignants mais aussi les parents et les puériculteurs de crèches.

Après avoir traité les différents problèmes que rencontre un éducateur – quels instruments construire ? Faut-il dessiner des partitions ? Doit-on aboutir à la réalisation d’une œuvre ?... –, l’auteur décrit les étapes d’une progression pédagogique en s’appuyant sur de nombreux exemples concrets.

Nouvelle édition 2017 dans la collection Musique Buchet Chastel

Launching of Future DiverCities

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:35

As one of the key partners in Future DiverCities, it is with great pleasure BEK invites to the opening of Future DiverCities. The launch will take place at the digital art festival Chronique in Marseille on January 29. The launch features a strong artistic program, where amongst others HC Gilje shows his light installation In Transit X in Alcazar Library in Marseille.

Future DiverCities acts as an incubator for cultural innovation and new practices in creativity by stimulating risk taking through the creation of artworks in challenging urban environment. An important part of Future DiverCities is the holistic program by the 10 key partners hosting creative labs.

More about the launching event and Chronique
More about Future DiverCities

Time and place:
  • Marseilles - 29/01/2017 to 30/01/2017

Eide Bøen and Sletteland: The Table Turns

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:24

Did you miss The Table Turns during Oktoberdans 2016, or want to see the performance again? On January 28 og 19 you have the chance to see it at Wrap!

Karen Eide Bøen and Roar Sletteland have created a dance performance for four turntables and a dancer, where they examine the relationship between body, sound, turntables and room. The Table Turns is about freedom and power on the dance floor. It’s about LPs, stored movement, solidified vibrations and sound that revived matter.

I The Table Turns er danseren utstyrt med bevegelsessensorer og kontrollerer platespillerne ved hjelp av disse. Platespillerne er modifisert slik at hastigheten kan justeres trinnløst i begge retninger, og stiften flyttes mekanisk til ulike steder på platen. Utviklingen av systemet har foregått på BEK.

Danseren danser og spiller på en gang, noe som skaper en situasjon der musikken er resultat av bevegelsene. Paradoksalt nok medfører denne kontrollen et tap av frihet, en radikal innsnevring av bevegelses-mulighetene. Siden danseren er avhengig av å danse frem det hun skal danse til, vil dans og musikk skape og motarbeide hverandre i samme bevegelse. Ved å snu forbindelsen mellom lyd og bevegelse stiller forestillingen spørsmål om forholdet mellom individ og fellesskap, om maktforholdet mellom dans og musikk, og spenningen mellom dans som kunstform og dans som sosial aktivitet.

Konsept/dans: Karen Eide Bøen
Konsept/elektronikk: Roar Sletteland
Dramaturg: Gulli Sekse 
Scenografi: Apichaya Wanthiang
Scenografisk assistent: Markus Moestue 
Lysdesign: Leo Preston
Assistent lysdesign: Dominique Pollet 
Produsent: Gulli Sekse

Forestillingen ble første gang vist på Oktoberdans 2016. Den er et prosjekt i BIT-Teatergarasjens Intro-serie, og er co-produsert av WRAP og BEK.

Støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune og FFUK

Time and place:
  • Kunsthuset Wrap - 28/01/2017 to 29/01/2017

Lillebostad and Vaage: For stadig å bli

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:34

“For stadig å bli” is a choral piece for 15 separate voices, made by Sissel Lillebostad and Knut Vaage. The piece concerns listening and distance, and is based on a recording from a concert in Bergen Public Library, where the choir Gneis performed “For stadig å bli” for a wandering audience.

“For stadig å bli” can be heard at Lydgalleriet, and opens Friday January 20 at 19.00 The piece has been edited in BEK’s sound studio by Thorolf Thuestad.

Under konserten på Bergen bibliotek høyrde songarane berre ein eller to av dei andre i framføringa. Songen vandra slik mellom dei som ein forsinka impuls, skubba vidare med ørsmå endringar. Ei og ei stemme song, nesten isolert, sin del av partituret. For at stykket skulle fungera måtte kvar songar anstrengja seg hardt for høyre kva som kom frå dei andre. Installasjonen fordeler dei 15 stemmene gjennom like mange høgtalarar. I biblioteket kunne ingen høyre heile verket, på Lydgalleriet er sjansen større, men stemmene vil ikkje kunne høyrast likt, samstundes. Alt avheng av kor du står.

Kunstnerisk konsept: Sissel Lillebostad
Komponist: Knut Vaage
Lyddesign: Thorolf Thuestad
Lydmateriale: Opptak av kammerkoret Gneis under leiing av Tore Kloster

More about the installation and opening hours at Lydgalleriet’s website

Prosjektet er støtta av Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune og BEK.

Time and place:
  • Lygalleriet - 20/01/2017 to 05/02/2017

Lillebostad og Vaage: For stadig å bli

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:34

“For stadig å bli” er et korverk for 15 adskilte stemmer, laget av Sissel Lillebostad og Knut Vaage. Verket omhandler lytting og avstand, og baserer seg på opptak frå en konsert i Bergen bibliotek, der koret Gneis framførte “For stadig å bli” for et vandrende publikum.

“For stadig å bli” kan høres på Lygalleriet, og åpner fredag 20.januar kl 19. Verket har blitt redigert i BEKs lydstudio av Thorolf Thuestad.

Under konserten på Bergen bibliotek høyrde songarane berre ein eller to av dei andre i framføringa. Songen vandra slik mellom dei som ein forsinka impuls, skubba vidare med ørsmå endringar. Ei og ei stemme song, nesten isolert, sin del av partituret. For at stykket skulle fungera måtte kvar songar anstrengja seg hardt for høyre kva som kom frå dei andre. Installasjonen fordeler dei 15 stemmene gjennom like mange høgtalarar. I biblioteket kunne ingen høyre heile verket, på Lydgalleriet er sjansen større, men stemmene vil ikkje kunne høyrast likt, samstundes. Alt avheng av kor du står.

Kunstnerisk konsept: Sissel Lillebostad
Komponist: Knut Vaage
Lyddesign: Thorolf Thuestad
Lydmateriale: Opptak av kammerkoret Gneis under leiing av Tore Kloster

Prosjektet er støtta av Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune og BEK.

Time and place:
  • Lygalleriet - 20/01/2017 to 05/02/2017

Tony Kelman and Lindsey Kuper: Introduction to the Julia language and ParallelAccelerator.jl

CCRMA-Stanford University - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:42
Date:  Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm Location:  CCRMA classroom Event Type:  Guest Colloquium Introduction to the Julia language FREE Open to the Public

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