Fwd: Extended instruments

Subject: Fwd: Extended instruments
From: Kevin Austin (kevin.austin@videotron.ca)
Date: Tue Apr 12 2005 - 09:10:40 EDT

Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 10:47:09 +0100 (BST)
From: Richard Whitelaw <richard@sonicartsnetwork.org>
Subject: Extended instruments

Please contact Mathew Adkins <m.adkins@hud.ac.uk> for more details:

> Extended Instruments
>  In this workshop we are interested in questioning how new digital
>technologies can help and inspire us when working with music. We are
>investigating how open source software (such as Pure Data and
>Supercollider) can extend our acoustic instruments and become part
>of their being as well as how real-time software interfaces can be
>seen as instruments. The computer can perform many more functions
>than just being an audio effects toolbox: It can learn about the
>musician, respond and improvise with the musician, and inspire him
>or her to take new turns into unknown territories through new
>musical environments.

We will explore the audio and visual qualities of the computer for
multimedia work: communication between visuals and audio has become
increasingly relevant for live performance. Participants are invited
to  bring along an instrument of choice (more than one is welcome)
and explore how that instrument can take on new musical meanings in
this new context.

For this workshop we are hoping that IXI software will be joined by
musicians working with african drumming, gamalan/tuned
instruments, percussion and circuit-bending ( hacking electronic toys
eg. the speak and spell). This workshop is limited to 15 participants
who will each have access to a laptop for the workshop ( if they
would like to explore the software side of things) The workshop will
run over three days. Participants are welcome to join for individual
days or full the full workshop.

> the workshop is FREE to participants and will run on the 19th 20th
>and 21st from 10am til 4pm at The Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Holme
>Street, Hebden Bridge, W Yorks, HX7 8EE

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