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“Co/located” - An evening of experimental network music

Musical scores Unique Music Technology performance at Bournemouth University.

“Co/located” – “An evening of experimental network music”

On Saturday 14th May Bournemouth University hosts Co/Located, an innovative event being delivered by The Experimental Media Research Group (EMERGE).

EMERGE’s Alain Renaud says that “4 cutting edge pieces will be presented, all using network technology as the core for producing sounds and sights.”

The performance will take place in BU’s Kimmeridge House – the first location in the UK to boast acoustic reverberation software, and all features collaborated performances with artists in Tromsø, Norway and Santiago, Chile via a high-speed network. Alain Renaud introduces the pieces:

The Loop by Jackson4 (Tom Davis, Jason Geistweidt, Alain Renaud)

The Loop explores the possibilities of co-located performance, decentralised composition, and the acoustics of network. This performance begins with a brief improvisation presenting acoustic sources to excite the network. This material is shared, transformed, and reintroduced into the composition. This process continues through successive generations until a predetermined time or a point at which the composition naturally concludes. The result is an integrated meta-instrument and an emergent composition, with no one artist being the sole performer or composer.

Leech (Curtis McKinney)

Leech is a multi-media composition that explores the moral and physical dimensions of music piracy. Leech includes components of sonification and music composition, using the actual mechanisms that enable BitTorrent downloads as mined data for real-time algorithmic sound production. Network data is mapped in musically and visually meaningful ways to produce an experience that embodies the look and sound of piracy. Furthermore, the actual music being pirated is itself used as a resource for audio processing and
music composition. Performed in real-time, the composition provides multi-factorial insight into the world of music piracy.

The Number Game by NetVs.Net (Juan-Pablo Cáceres, Alain Renaud)

The number game, explores visually and sonically the network distance between Bournemouth and Santiago. Two performers are interacting in real time over the network through variable sonified delays to create a piece that relies on the unexpected conditions of the network between the two places.

Twinthesis: Twitter Powered Synthesis (Sam Harman)

Twinthesis is designed to explore the ‘sound’ of twitter, in an attempt to sonify the human randomness being generated on the service. The aims of this project, are to create a synthesiser capable of both additive and granular synthesis using live tweets to generate and manipulate the sound.

Admission to the event is free. Doors open at 18:30, with performances beginning at 19:00. Contact for more information. 

When and where:
Date: Saturday, 14 May, 2011
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Bournemouth University, Kimmeridge House Lecture Theatre, Talbot Campus, Poole, BH12 5BB
Cost: The event is free to attend.

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