Miha Ciglar, Adam Parkinson, Atau Tanaka, Koray Tahiroglu
Miha Ciglar will perform an improvised set based on "no input mixing board" feedback concepts, involving the "Syntact" new musical interface, which he developed within IRZU – Institute for Sonic Arts Research and its spin-off company Ultrasonic Audio Technologies. The revolutionary technology behind Syntact provides contact-free tactile feedback to the musician. By utilising airborne ultrasound a force field is created in mid-air that can be sensed in a tactile way. It allows a musician to feel the actual sound with its temporal and harmonic texture. While an optical sensor system is interpreting his hand gestures and mapping the descriptors of hand motion onto sound synthesis/processing parameters, the musician can physically engage with the medium of sound by virtually molding and shaping it – i.e. changing its acoustic appearance – directly with his hands.
Adam Parkinson and Atau Tanaka have been playing as an iPhone duo since 2010, implementing a granular synthesiser and beat slicers in PureData to run in a RJDJ environment. After performing a concert set of samples from natural sounds, and cheesy ambiances, to disco as source material for time-stretching and freezing in places such as the Mois Multi Quebec, NY Electronic Music Festival, Charmed Sound Helsinki and Electron Festival Geneva, they turned their attention to live sampling and contortion of everyday objects. Following a recent focused, poetic performance at Audio Art festival in Krakow, Parkinson and Tanaka will use their experience to perform utilising smartphone devises as a microphone, recorder, stretcher, and mangler, using the built in sensors on the devices not so much to pick up gesture, but to highlight the difficulty of standing still.
Koray Tahiroglu will perform InHands, a free improv, real-time improvisation for live electronics and gesture controlled instruments, interfaced with torch and mobile phones. Interactive performance system acts together with the performer’s control gestures and responds to the current state changes of the system components. This piece explores noise as a musical element carrying information for the aesthetics of the music. Hannah Drayson created the abstract visual-layers of this piece.
Miha Ciglar is a composer and researcher in the field of audio technologies. He holds a MSc degree from the Academy of Music and the University of Technology in Graz, Austria. In 2008, Ciglar founded the Institute for Sonic Arts Research - IRZU. He is the initiator and curator of the international sonic arts festival EarZoom, which takes place annually, since 2009 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2011 he founded Ultrasonic audio technologies – a start-up company, developing a wide range of products including new musical interface controllers based on non-contact tactile feedback and computer vision, directional speakers based on modulated ultrasound, as well as several mobile applications combining music making and gaming. Ciglar was the conference chair of the 2012 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), which was held in September 2012 at IRZU in Ljubljana, Slovenia. www.ultrasonic-audio.com | www.ciglar.mur.at | www.irzu.org | www.icmc2012.si
Adam Parkinson has worked alongside artists such as Rhodri Davies, Klaus Filip, Robin Hayward, Dominic Lash, and Kaffe Matthews. He has releases on Entrʼacte, Unique 3ʼs Mutate Records, Si Beggʼs Noodles and 16k records. He also dabbles in making dance music, and under various guises has remixed Maximo Park, Dextro and others. www.adamparkinson.co.uk
Atau Tanaka’s first influences came from meeting John Cage and would go on to recreate Cage’s Variations VII with Zoviet France. He formed Sensorband with Zbigniew Karkowski and Edwin van der Heide, and S.S.S with Cecile Babiole and Laurent Dailleau. He has releases on labels such as Sub Rosa, Bip-hop, Touch/Ash, Sonoris. He is currently leading a new research group for the MetaGestureMusic at Goldsmiths. www.ataut.net