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Electronic Arts Ensemble | Summer Workshop at CCRMA
July 8-12, 10am - 6pm
Stanford University

Electronic Arts Ensemble is designed for musicians, visual artists, programmers, designers, writers, dancers, actors, or artists of any discipline to collaboratively develop improvisatory performances using custom digital toolkits.

The workshop will address topics including:
-performance practices, with a focus on improvisation 

-music performance software
-video performance software
-hardware and sensors
-networked performance

The schedule includes lectures, demos, discussions, and lab time. At the core of the workshop, daily group improvisations using customized toolkits will enable participants to develop a novel approach to their individual artistic practice. Participants are encouraged to experiment with the technology presented during the demos, and to engage with their peers in synergetic creation. The multidisciplinary ensemble will stage a public performance on the last day of the workshop.

Participants should have an artistic and/or programming background. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Experience with improvisation is not required, but willingness to perform is crucial.

About the instructors:

Alex Chechile is an artist and composer whose work develops in parallel with research in neuroscience, psychoacoustics, and the biomechanics of hearing. His electroacoustic compositions and installations bring transparency to otherwise invisible processes in biology and technology. His projects have been supported by The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Harvestworks (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), the Experimental Television Center (NY), the Deep Listening Institute (NY), and the American Embassy, and his work has been presented worldwide at venues including MoMA (NYC), IRCAM (Paris), and ICMC (Utrecht). Alex performs in the SideLObe chamber laptop ensemble with Ge Wang, was a founding member of Pauline Oliveros' Tintinnabulate ensemble, collaborated with Mercury Rev, and opened for Primus. Chechile is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and holds an MFA in Electronic Art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA in Music from Tufts University.

Constantin Basica is a Romanian composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area (CA), whose current work focuses on symbiotic interrelations between music, video, and performers. His portfolio includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, (live) electronics, and (live) video. Many of these have been performed in Europe, North America, and Asia by artists and ensembles such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Liminar, ELISION Ensemble, Distractfold, Mocrep, JACK Quartet, Spektral Quartet, kallisti, RAGE Thormbones, line upon line, Retro Disco, Fresh Squeezed Opera, Séverine Ballon, Tony Arnold, Karen Bentley Pollick, and Olga Berar. He received the ICMA Award for Best Submission from Europe at the 42nd ICMC in Shanghai (CN). Constantin earned a DMA in Composition at Stanford University under the guidance of Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Applebaum, and Erik Ulman. He holds an M.A. degree in Multimedia Composition from the University of Music and Theater Hamburg (DE), and two B.A. degrees in Composition and Conducting from the National University of Music Bucharest (RO). As an educator, Constantin has taught and conducted workshops at Stanford University, Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico City, the 2016 Sound and Music Computing Summer School in Hamburg, and the International Center for Research and Education in Innovative Creative Technologies in Bucharest. He is the recipient of the 2018 Carolyn Applebaum Memorial Prize and the 2015 Chair’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Music at Stanford University. Currently, Constantin is the Concert Coordinator at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

Cost: $500/week