EVENT #2 Intimate NIME

EVENT #2 Intimate NIME


Akiko Hatakeyama – Blind

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Blind represents life and memories, a psychological and philosophical investigation on my current and past. The action of pulling thread from the custom instrument “Hako” is a metaphor of how retrieving memories works.

Ensemble Fabrique Nomad

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Fabrique Nomade is a new electronic chamber music ensemble that seeks to reconnect with the practice, the refined listening, and the intimate nature of “classical” chamber music. Contrary to the current way of playing contemporary electronic music, where the sound from the “hyper”-instrumentalists is controlled by a computer specialist in the room, performers in the Fabrique Nomade ensemble control all of their sound productions through their own computers. Four trio pieces for violin, cello and “karlax” are programmed for 2013. The ensemble currently features Francis Faber (digital instruments), Etienne Graindorge (sound engineer), Martina Rodriguez (cello) and Szuhwa Wu (violin).

 

Rui Penha – Auditorium

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Auditorium is a piece for small percussion instruments, whose sound is captured by binaural microphones and manipulated by a computer. It explores four ideas: the new perspective over time enabled by the use of electronic means in performing arts, namely through looping, repetition and by raising awareness of the structure of events over time; the specific way of listening that emerges from binaural recording, developed in this case a

Unsounding Objects

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Unsounding Objects is a series of compositions for the SpectraSurface that examine various characteristics of the instrument. Two previous compositions, Unsounding Objects no. 1 & no. 2, were composed by Preston Beebe and respectively featured various bowls and various cymbals as performance interfaces. The SpectraSurface is a set of playing surfaces contained within a suitcase which are equipped with contact micro- phones. Found objects such as bowls, pipes, or toys are placed on top of the surfaces. The sounds from the contact mics are sent to a computer where they are analyzed for their important audio features; these features are then used to drive sound synthesis. The tradition of found objects in the percussion idiom (Henry Cowell, John Cage, Lou Har- rison) offers a familiar interface with unique timbral and temporal characteristics which produce interesting results in the analysis-synthesis platform of Unsounding Objects.

 

Bruno Spoerri – Old socks in new shoes

For over 40 years, saxophonist Bruno Spoerri has used electronic instruments and tools for his jazz-oriented improvisations, combining historic concepts with new techniques. He is currently working with MAX/MSP patches, the Synthophone, the Leapmotion and some self-built controllers.