December 12th, 2011

Elektron Musik Studion

It was fantastic to spend a full week at the Elektron Music Studion in Södermalm, Stockholm. Mats Lindström is the director. I worked in Studio 4 with the Buchla 200 system. A few more pictures here. This was followed by a live radio broadcast of kontroll on Swedish radio station P2 available here. The show is called Monitor, produced by Erik Mikael Karlsson and Lisa Wall, and plays a great range of new music and sound art. Erik and Mats have both performed at Soundings in Edinburgh years ago. It would be great to see them back in Edinburgh again!

November 21st, 2011

Augmented Drum Kit :: Frrriction EP

Frrriction is a new solo improvised work by Christos Michalakos, exploring the possibilities the electronically augmented drum kit.

It is available here



November 21st, 2011

Xth Sense Performance – Dimensions In Sound**


Dimensions In Sound**

Sensor based performances

Atau Tanaka

Marco Donnarumma – Xth Sense Performance

Kaffe Mathews

Ben Freeth

+++ Plus Special Surprise Guest +++
Now confirmed special guest and AV Festival preview, Phill Niblock!

Wednesday 23rd November 2011
Culture Lab
Newcastle University, Grand Assembly Rooms, Kings Walk, NE1 7RU

Flyer Image courtesy by Chris Scott.


November 7th, 2011

ICC: Inventor Composer Coaction

We are pleased to welcome proposals for new digital or electronic musical instruments for the collaborative venture taking place at the University of Edinburgh in early 2012. Please follow this link for the call for instruments.

October 29th, 2011

Xth Sense Biophysical Music Workshops: Winter Sessions in Mexico, UK, Spain

Marco Donnarumma Xth Sense Workshop UNAM Mexico

The Xth Sense (XS) is a free and open source based technology; as such, its free distribution is an integral aspect of the research.
In this workshop participants build their own XS biosensor and learn how to generate interactive music from the muscle sounds of their bodies.

Winter workshops schedule:

  • 7o Simposio Internacional del Posgrado en Artes Visuales
    3,4,5,7,10 November at the UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autonoma in Mexico City,
    Info and registration;
  • CultureLab
    21-25 November, Newcastle, UK;
    Info and registration;
  • Matadac Festival
    12-15 December, Madrid, ES.


October 18th, 2011

Xth Sense at Seoul International Computer Music Festival

The Xth Sense is a novel, biophysical system that enables a performer to control and process interactive music generated in real time from her muscle sounds.
This research and the related model of biophysical music will be presented to the Asian academic community on 22nd October in occasion of the SICMF/KEAMS 2011. This engagement is endorsed by Creative Scotland.
A related paper “Xth sense: a biophysical framework for the application of muscle sounds to interactive music performance” will be published in the Computer Music Journal Emile Vol. 9 (December, 2011).

September 8th, 2011

Origination and Metacreation: a conversation with Ben Bogart

It’s with great pleasure that I share with you this piece.

Over the last month I had an inspiring, in-depth conversation with artist and fellow Pd developer Ben Bogart, and this is the result.

Tags: MAM, creativity, machine imagination, innovation+open source, techno-cultural methodology, awareness+ubiquitous computing, tech distribution,

Thanks Ben, Greg @VT.

[image: Output from Dreaming Machine #1 | Ben Bogart]

August 31st, 2011

Event: Realtime Gesture Recognition for Performing Arts Workshop

Bruno Zamborlin, Joint PhD in Arts and Computational Technologies between IRCAM/Centre Pompidou in Paris and Goldsmiths, University of London will host a workshop in Edinburgh exploring new methods for gestural interaction in the performing arts and the creation of new musical instruments.

Wednesday 7th September, 4pm.
Venue: the Sound Lab, Alison House, Department of Music.

More information on Bruno here:
Gesture Follower:

August 19th, 2011

Algorithmic Composition Software funded by AHRC

Michael Edwards has won £120k AHRC Follow-On Funding for his project slippery chicken.

Michael’s award will allow him to bring his music composition software, slippery chicken, to public release. The software, which is for algorithmic composition, was developed by Michael as part of a research project that was funded by the AHRC (then still the AHRB) in 2004, as well as ZKM Karlsruhe in 2000 and 2001.

Michael is looking forward to introducing the software to other composers and seeing where his algorithmic approach takes their music.

July 4th, 2011

Socks and Ammo

Socks and Ammo for piano, percussion and live electronics, is a new work investigating novel methods of communication between laptop and performer, as well as performer and performer, in an improvisational setting, using a vibrotactile feedback communication system.

First performance:
Hayes / Michalakos :: Socks and Ammo v.1 @ Sonorities Festival 09.04.11 by ElleEsAich
Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast, 9th April 2011.

Second performance:
New Interfaces for Musical Expression, 1st June 2011, Oslo, Norway.



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