[microsound-announce] [l'ull cec] Seminar on generative systems and other upcoming activities

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17-19.12.2010   Algorithmic and System's Music. 
                An Introductory Seminar to Generative Systems as
		Applied to Art and Music.

		Led by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros.

		Over the past 30 years, and especially during the past
		decade, several environments and programming languages
		have been developed leading to a greater interest in
		that which is often called generative art, which –
		among other things – proposes an approach to the
		algorithm as a tool of creation. These generative
		practices often raise interesting questions about the
		nature of the creative act, blurring the essence of
		apparently clear concepts such as authorship, tool,
		work or process.

		This seminar will provide a historical overview, from
		antiquity to the computer age, on the use of algorithms
		and rules to generate sound and musical pieces. Roc
		Jiménez de Cisneros will discuss in depth several
		current generative musical practices, using some of his
		own pieces (and also some of his usual collaborators)
		as a departing point, while inviting participants to
		share their own works, experiences or concerns in the
		field of generative composition.

		This seminar will be taught in Spanish.

                català:     [ http://lullcec.org/?p=1606&lang=ca ]
                castellano: [ http://lullcec.org/?p=1606&lang=es ]
                english:    [ http://lullcec.org/?p=1606&lang=en ]

16-18.12.2010   Army of Darkness.
                Generative sound installation by Gullibloon. 

                Army of Darkness is a generative sound installation, in
                which custom-programmed minirobots act as
                instrumentalists, playing electric guitars and basses.
                The robots move freely in a room with a network of
                black lines laid out on the floor. They are programmed
                to follow the lines and to find their way back on
                course in case of going off track. On some special
                points of interest, guitars and basses are placed
                upside down so that the robots, prepared with a kind of
                plectrum, are able to play the instruments by driving
                underneath them. Sensors monitor these points and
                initiate a plucking algorithm. Each robot tries to play
                a guitar or bass for a certain amount of time and moves
                on afterwards. The robots can detune the instruments by
                hitting the boundaries of the installation. This
                triggers the detuning of one or more instruments,
                generating complex harmonics that evolve throughout the
                session. Changes in the distortion applied by a
                computer to the sound of the instruments before feeding
                the amplifiers and the decrease of the robots’ battery
                power configure a dramatical progression of the piece
                until reaching the throes of death.

                Nivell Zero, Fundació Suñol. Rosselló, 240. Barcelona.
                16h-18h. Free admission.

                català:     [ http://lullcec.org/?p=1967&lang=ca ]
                castellano: [ http://lullcec.org/?p=1967&lang=es ]
                english:    [ http://lullcec.org/?p=1967&lang=en ]


20.12.2010      Synchronator: Gert-Jan Prins + Bas van Koolwijk
                Aided by current digital and analogue means and drawing
                from the tradition of experimental video pioneers such
                as Nam June Paik and Woody and Steina Vasulka, the
                Synchronator project set out to tackle the difficulties
                concerning the recording of complicated, merged and
                distorted video and audio signals. Koolwijk and Prins'
                live audiovisual performance features two simultaneous
                projections and is the direct result of their mutual
                interest in converting image into sound and vice versa,
                making use of the methods they have developed to have
                analog, and sometimes disturbed audio and video signals
                accepted by today’s equipment.  

                Project presentation: 19:30h
                Audiovisual performance: 20:30h

                Nivell Zero, Fundació Suñol. Rosselló, 240. Barcelona.
                7 €.

                català:     [ http://lullcec.org/?p=1960&lang=ca ]
                castellano: [ http://lullcec.org/?p=1960&lang=es ]
                english:    [ http://lullcec.org/?p=1960&lang=en ]


The above-mentioned activities were made possible thanks to the kind
collaboration of Mondriaan Stichting, Consell Nacional de la Cultura i
les Arts, Hangar and Fundació Suñol.


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