My paper, GANkyoku: a Generative Adversarial Network for Shakuhachi Music, co-authored with shakuhachi master and composer Shawn Head, has been accepted for publication in the proceedings of the ICMC-NYCEMF this year. The paper discusses the process of training the deep neural network, GANkyoku, which I used to generated the three pieces with the same name. I will give a presentation about the neural network and pieces, which we believe are the first contemporary classical pieces to ever be entirely generated by a deep neural network, at New York University during the ICMC-NYCEMF conference in June.
I also had the chance to speak with Shakuhachi shihan, Shawn Renzoh Head at length following on from our recordings of the A.I. solo works he commissioned from me,’ GANkyoku’, where we discuss the process of writing Contemporary music with artificial intelligence. Watch the entire video interview below:
Colour Etude II will receive 2 performances by Késia Decoté in the coming weeks, as part of her Candles concert series. Firstly at Holywell Music Room in Oxford on September 20th, followed by a performance in London on October 5th at St John’s, Waterloo.
See here for ticket information and more about the Candles series.
Looking forward to making my first trip to Cyprus this summer for 2018's Sound & Music Computing Conference. I'll be giving a concert rendition of my iOS work, Fractured, as a piece of performative electroacoustic music. SMC takes place at Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, from July 4-7. More details of my performance to follow.
Search for 'Fractured' on the App Store to experience the piece for yourself from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else, for that matter)!
Excited to have just confirmed I will be at impuls next February in Graz, Austria. I'll be doing collaborative work with other composers and performers, under the guidance of some fantastic musicians and mentors. In particular I will be exploring possibilities of new spaces for distributing and interacting with Classical Music, in a project led by Jorge Sánchez-Chiong.
Daylight Music, Union Chapel's series of Saturday concerts, will be holding their Piano Day on 31 March, curated by Xenia Pestova. I'll be performing an ambient set using some of my iOS apps which have a keyboard flavour to them, including the free Colour Etude II: Live Electronics app. We're looking at getting the audience involved too, so if you're interested in the event and own an iOS device, why not prepare by downloading the app for free!
I have been invited to attend Festival Mixtur in Barcelona next year. As part of the festival, I will be writing a new solo work for a member of Vienna's Ensemble PHACE. I will also have the opportunity to learn from Tristan Murail and Alexander Schubert, among other resident tutors throughout the my time in Barcelona. Very much looking forward to visiting there in late April!
I'm excited to be undertaking a project in collaboration with Shakuhachi player and fellow composer Shawn Renzoh Head. I will be building an artificial neural network and training it on the traditional Shakuhachi solo repertoire, in order to then compose a suite of pieces for Shawn to play. Shawn will aid me in sourcing the training repertoire and creating a machine-readable dataset from it, which we will also make available for others to use in their own projects.
Shawn is the youngest non-Japanese Shakuhachi player to have received his Shihan, or 'Master of Shakuhachi', certification, and was a pupil of my own Shakuhachi teacher, Michael Chikuzen Gould. I'm glad to have him on board with my crazy compositional idea and I look forward to working with him!
Reformed will be part of an installation of acousmatic works taking place at Osaka University of Arts Electroacoustic Music Festival. It's scheduled to be played at varying times on the days of November 14th-18th (once each day). The venue is listed as follows: Osaka University of Arts Center for Art Information Center Experiment Dome, Art Hall, Corridor Gallery, AV Hall front
Click here to learn more about the piece, or stream it in full below.
Fractured, the multi-sensory interactive installation I created in collaboration with Ashleigh Thompson, will feature at this year's Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. WCPF is the only print fair in London to deal solely in contemporary printmaking, and the largest of its kind in the UK, set in the impressive former carriage factory at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. It will take place from October 20-23, and ticket info can be found here.
Colour Etude II, my work for toy pianos and live electronics via iOS, will receive a performance from the SPLICE ensemble next January. The performance will take place during SPLICE festival at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, and will be a US premiere of the piece.
Click here learn more about the piece, or stream it in full below:
This week I was interviewed in After Nyne Magazine about my collaborative interactive installation with Ashleigh Thompson, Fractured. They asked some great questions which got me reflecting on the work we've done during our residency, and allowed me to give readers real insight. See the full interview here.
Colour Etude I will be diffused on a system of 30 speakers today at Poeun Art Hall in Yongin, South Korea. The art centre features an outdoor exhibition space where the speakers are located, placed around various sculptures, called Sonicscape. The New Music Day event will take place from 12.00pm at Sonicscape as part of a larger Media Art exhibition currently being held at Poeun Art Hall.
Click here to learn more about the piece, or stream it in full below:
Colour Etude I will be played in one of the concerts at SBCM (Simpósio Brasileiro de Computação e Música) in São Paulo this September. A short accompanying paper I wrote on the piece will also be published in the proceedings. SBCM 2017 will take place at the University of São Paulo.
Click here to learn more about Colour Etude I, or stream it in full below:
A project I've been working on for a couple of months has just come into fruition - the release of my Mini Chamber application for iOS! Developed to coincide with and celebrate the gargantuan performance of my piece that will take at Voices Now festival 2017, Mini Chamber adopts the principles of 'Vox I: Echo Chamber', reimagining it in a digital and portable form that can be brought to life anywhere. The app is available for free so I really hope you give it a try and #MakeModernMusic that you can share with your friends and also with me; I'd love to hear what you come up with!
Vox I: Echo Chamber will be performed by York's Late Music Ensemble at their concert on Saturday 1st July. The evening is inspired by composer Meredith Monk, celebrating the year of her 75th birthday, and it takes place at St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel in York at 7.30pm. Full programme and ticket info can be found here.
Click here to learn more about the piece in question, or stream a recording of the premiere below: