ICMC 2006 – Thursday 9 (Day 4)

Interesting things from ICMC 2006 day 4:

Dan Overholt (CREATE, UCSB) talked about the CUI interface based around a PIC microcontroller and gave lots of nice examples of how the interface has been used by students.

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In the education section, it was interesting to see the different strategies and programs at various institutions:

The infamous Convolution Brothers explored the boundaries between cooking and improvisation.

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The afternoon program was packed with two paper sessions, posters, demos and a panel at the same time.

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I presented my poster on motiongrams.

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Max Matthews (CCRMA) held a keynote about the history of computer music. Quote from csounds:

Computer performance of music was born in 1957 when an IBM 704 in NYC played a 17 second composition on the Music I program which I wrote. The timbres and notes were not inspiring, but the technical breakthrough is still reverberating. Music I led me to Music II through V. A host of others wrote Music 10, Music 360, Music 15, Csound, Cmix, and SuperCollider. Many exciting pieces are now performed digitally.

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He ended by mentioning some topics that he believe are important for the future of music technology:

  • Psychoacoustics
  • Music cognition
  • Better ear training for musicians and composers
  • Sensors (3D) and haptics

In the evening concert I really enjoyed Russel Pinkston‘s (EMS, Austin, Texas) piece for piano and electronics.

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.

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