Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Sep 22 2023 8:00 PM

Jon Leidecker Concert — Mills Music Now
Friday, September 22, 2023, 8 – 10:30pm PDT
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Music Building

Presented by the Center for Contemporary Music and Mills College at Northeastern University

This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is encouraged.



In performances of Monitress, there's an improvising human onstage. The spontaneous sounds that result are transcribed by fifty year old machine listening algorithms running on iPads, driving an ensemble of softsynth apps. The performer's improvisation becomes a score in less than 30 millseconds, driving error-strewn unison lines which then cascade into further misinterpretations as the mistakes reenter the feedback loop. Complex results trace the line between human and algorithm, in a way worth being in the room for, even if your eyes are closed.
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play: