symposium

Technoscientific
Practices of Music;

New Technologies, Instruments and Agents

Nov. 11th 2022
Oodi - Helsinki, Finland
Open public event

The symposium will discuss the new music technologies as a process / practice / relationship that involves social and technoscientific transformations in view of music, science, philosophy, community of people, non-humans and life-world as a whole. It is not anymore a myth or urban legend, advanced AI technologies do challenge current practices of creative practitioners and offer a new perspective that redefines the relation between humans and AI. What does this say about the nature of AI and its ability to be part of the mutual incorporation? What “social connections” these AI creative agents build up in music practices, which leads to emerging aesthetics and meanings to appear that would not have been possible otherwise.

The symposium will discuss the new music technologies as a process / practice / relationship that involves social and technoscientific transformations in view of music, science, philosophy, community of people, non-humans and life-world as a whole. It is not anymore a myth or urban legend, advanced AI technologies do challenge current practices of creative practitioners and offer a new perspective that redefines the relation between humans and AI. What does this say about the nature of AI and its ability to be part of the mutual incorporation? What “social connections” these AI creative agents build up in music practices, which leads to emerging aesthetics and meanings to appear that would not have been possible otherwise.

Invited Speakers

Alphabetically in surname

Adnan Marquez Borbon

Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico

Currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts, Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) Campus Ensenada.... His work has been published in the New Instruments for Musical Expression (NIME) international conference, Computer Music Journal and Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation Journal. In 2018 he was recipient of the Art, Science and Technology (ACT) grant awarded by the Mexican Secretary of Culture, the National Fund For Culture And The Arts and theNational Autonomous University of Mexico. He is co-founder and leader of the Arts and Technology Laboratory (LATe-UABC).
Adnan Marquez-Borbon holds a PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Center (SARC) at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. His areas of interest are sound art, interactive audiovisual system design, human factors in performer-computer interaction, processes and practices of improvisation, learning processes and technologically mediated pedagogy of the arts.

Georgina Born

University College London

Georgina Born OBE FBA is Professor of Anthropology and Music, University College London. Earlier, she worked as a musician with ...avant-garde rock, jazz and improvising groups. Her work combines ethnographic and theoretical writings on music, sound, television and digital media. Her books include Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde (California, 1995), Western Music and Its Other (California, 2000), Music, Sound and Space (Cambridge, 20013), Interdisciplinarity (Routledge, 2013), and Improvisation and Social Aesthetics (Duke, 2017). She directed the European Research Council funded research program ‘Music, Digitization, Mediation’ and has been a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and McGill, Hong Kong, Oslo and Aarhus Universities.

Rebecca Fiebrink

University of the Arts London

I am a Professor at the UAL Creative Computing Institute. My students, research assistants, and I work on a variety of projects developing ...new technologies to enable new forms of human expression, creativity, and embodied interaction. Much of my current research combines techniques from human-computer interaction, machine learning, and signal processing to allow people to apply machine learning more effectively to new problems, such as the design of new digital musical instruments and gestural interfaces for gaming and accessibility. I am also involved in projects developing rich interactive technologies for digital humanities scholarship, and machine learning education. I am the creator of the Wekinator tool for real-time interactive machine learning and teach the Machine Learning for Musicians and Artists course on Kadenze.

Owen Green

University of Huddersfield

Owen Green is an improviser, composer, performer, and systems-maker....He does unspeakable things with cardboard and machine listening technologies, as well as more speakable things alongside other humans, including the groups RawGreenRust (with Jules Rawlinson and Dave Murray Rust) and Sileni (with Ali Maloney). Owen has worked as a Research Fellow in Creative Coding at the University of Huddersfield on the Fluid Corpus Manipulation project, which aims to help other people do things with machine listening.

Michael Gurevich

University of Michigan

Michael Gurevich’s highly interdisciplinary research employs diverse methodologies to explore new aesthetic and interactional ...possibilities that can emerge in music performance with real-time computer systems.His recent research has focused on the technological mediation of human relationships around music creation and performance, incorporating technologies including telematics, mechatronic, and motion capture to examine concepts of gesture, skill, style, and instrumentality. His creative practice explores many of the same themes, through experimental compositions involving interactive media, sound installations, and the design of new musical interfaces. His book manuscript in progress is focused on documenting the cultural, technological, and aesthetic contexts for the emergence of computer music in Silicon Valley. He is Associate Professor of Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he teaches courses in physical computing, electronic music performance, and interdisciplinary collaboration. He holds a Bachelor of Music with high distinction in Computer Applications in Music from McGill University in Montréal, Canada, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University. Professor Gurevich is an active author and editor in the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), computer music, and human-computer interaction (HCI) communities.

Laurens van der Heijden

University of Twente

Laurens van der Heijden studied art history and musicology at Leiden University and Utrecht University and continued his studies with ...musicologist Reinhold Brinkmann at the Harvard University music department. He entered the record industry and held positions in marketing and sales of the classical, jazz and worldmusic repertoire. He worked for Dutch national public radio and television (NPS) as editor/editor-in- chief, was jazzproducer of the Metropole Orkest and travelled through the African continent producing documentaries on ethnic folklore. Subsequently he held the position of music director/general manager at a large theatre and concerthall organization. Over the last decade Laurens van der Heijden has lectured at the Academy of Music of ArtEZ University of the Arts. Besides teaching cultural philosophy and philosophy of sound in the Master’s programme ‘The Sound of Innovation’, he lectures on the history of jazz and popmusic and provides introductory seminars on ethnic folklore. At present he is preparing his dissertation with philosopher of technology Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente), exploring digital music technology from the perspective of postphenomenology.

Anna Xambó Sedó

De Montfort University

Anna Xambó is a Senior Lecturer in Music and Audio Technology at De Montfort University (DMU), a member of Music, Technology ...and Innovation - Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2), and an experimental electronic music producer. Her research and practice focus on sound and music computing systems looking at novel approaches to collaborative, participatory, and live coding experiences. She has been the Principal Investigator of the EPSRC HDI Network Plus funded project "MIRLCAuto: A Virtual Agent for Music Information Retrieval in Live Coding" and part of the Future Research Leaders Programme 2021/22 at DMU. Since 2016, she has taken proactive roles in organisations for improving the representation of women in music technology. https://annaxambo.me

Koray Tahiroğlu

Aalto University

Koray Tahiroğlu is a musician, Academy Research Fellow and lecturer in the Department of Art and Media, Aalto University School of ARTS. ... He is the founder and head of SOPI (Sound and Physical Interaction) research group, coordinating research projects with interests including embodied approaches to sonic interaction, new interfaces for musical expression, deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with audio. Since 2004, he has been also teaching workshops and courses introducing artistic strategies and methodologies for creating interactive music. Tahiroğlu has performed music in collaboration as well as in solo performances in Europe, North America and Australia. His work has been presented in important venues, such as Ars Electronica, AI x Music Festival, STEIM, TodaysArt and Audio Art Festival. In 2018, he was awarded a 5-year Academy of Finland Research Fellowship.

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Contact

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Koray Tahiroğlu

Aalto University
School of ARTS
Department of Art and Media