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Fri, Nov 4 2016 11:30 AM

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Øyvind Brandtsegg
Start: 2016-11-04 11:30
End: 2016-11-04 12:30
“Cross adaptive processing as musical intervention - Exploring radically new modes of musical interaction in live performance”

Øyvind Brandtsegg (Norwegian University of Technology and Science)

The project explores cross-adaptive processing as a drastic intervention in the modes of communication between performing musicians. Digital audio analysis and processing techniques are used to enable features of one sound to inform the processing of another. This allows the actions of one performer to directly influence another performer’s sound, and doing so only by means of the acoustic signal produced by normal musical expression on the instrument. To enable the cross adaptive processing methods, a number of software tools for this kind of musical performance is developed. Sessions documentation, reflections, software and other material will be available online. The project is run by the Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Music Technology, Trondheim. We are proud to collaborate with our strong partners at De Montfort University, Maynooth University, Queen Mary University of London, Norwegian Music Academy and University of California San Diego. The project is strongly based in practical experimentation with said techniques, and for this we rely on collaboration with a range of fine performers. Project leader is professor Øyvind Brandtsegg.

Øyvind Brandtsegg is a composer and performer working in the fields of algorithmic improvisation and sound installations. His main instruments as a musician are the Hadron Particle Synthesizer, ImproSculpt and Marimba Lumina. Hadron is a very flexible realtime granular synthesizer, widely used within experimental sound design with over 200.000 downloads of the VST/AU version. Brandtsegg use it for live processing of the acoustic sound from other musicians. As musician and composer he has collaborated with a number of excellent artists, e.g. Oslo Sinfonietta, Motorpsycho, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Zeena Parkins, Maja Ratkje. In 2008, Brandtsegg finished his PhD equivalent artistic research
project, focused on musical improvisation with computers. Øyvind has done lectures and workshops on these themes in USA, Germany, Ireland, and of course in Norway. Since 2010 he is a professor of music
technology at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. Currently he is doing research into cross-adaptive processing for live performance, collaborating with an international team of researchers from the UK, USA, Holland
and Norway.