Sound and music computing

Joost Rekveld - Presentation

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:00

Joost Rekveld will give a presentation of his work and underlying research interests. He will mostly talk about recent projects through the lens of his current thinking about ‘Open-Ended Machines’. He will show how his fascinations with complex systems, sensory augmentation and the materiality of computing underly his abstract moving image and light works.

Joost Rekveld (b 1970, Netherlands) is an artist who is motivated by the question what we can learn from a dialogue with machines. In his work, he explores the sensory consequences of systems of his own design, often inspired by forgotten corners in the history of science and technology. These systems combine temporary dogma’s in the form of procedures or code, with more open-ended elements such as material processes or networks of interactions that are too complex to predict. His films, installations and performances are composed documentaries of the worlds opened by such systems, and in their sensuality they are an attempt to reach a more intimate and embodied understanding of our technological world.

His films have been shown world-wide in a wide range of festivals and venues for experimental film, animation or other kinds of moving image. He realized several installations and did many collaborative projects involving composers, music ensembles, theatre companies and dance companies. Since 1990 he has been putting together many film programmes, he curated several exhibitions and he occasionally publishes essays. He has been giving lectures since 1993, has been teaching since 1996, and from 2008 to 2014 he was the course director of the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

At the moment he is starting his PhD research into ‘Open-Ended Machines’, investigating the dynamic between formalization and material agency by making a series of works that deal with the fundamentals of measurement and computing.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 13/11/2014 12:00

Viva Voce Ellen Røed

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 09:37

The Viva Voce of Ellen Røed, artistic research fellow at Bergen Academy of Arts and Design, takes place November 12th.

Her project has the title “Processing Change”.

Arrangementet vil foregå på norsk og engelsk, og er åpent for alle.

Inger Lise Hansen, professor, komitéleder
Kjetil Berge, førsteamanuensis
Anne Helen Mydland, professor

Ellen Røed forsvarer sitt prosjekt “Former for forandring” innenfor Program for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid, ved Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen, Avdeling for kunst.

Et videokamera fungerer som et slags tredje øye og inviterer til å samle bevegelige bilder fra omgivelsene. Samtidig kan kameraet bli til et ondt speil som minner kunstneren om at hun ikke nødvendigvis får kontakt med verden gjennom å filme den. Denne spenningen er drivkraften som ligger til grunn for Ellen Røeds stipendiatprosjekt. Gjennom videokunst har Røed reflektert over hva som oppstår mellom natur og bilder, mellom instrumenter og opplevelser, mellom verden og representasjoner av den. Prosjektet resulterte i utstillingen Skyvelære som ble vist på Galleri 3,14 i Bergen sommeren 2013, samt en kritisk refleksjon der de kunstneriske resultatene ble diskutert og plassert i henhold til kontekst, med fokus på den innsikt som er utviklet gjennom prosjektet.

Veiledere har vært Joost Rekveld (NL), kunstner og instituttleder ved Art Science Interfaculty i Haag og Trond Lossius, kunstner og FoU koordinator ved Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst.

Kritisk refleksjon kan lastes ned her.

Time and place:
  • Auditoriet, Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek, Strømgaten 6 - 12/11/2014 13:00

Worldwide interest in the first results of Hooked on Music

The interest in the first research results of ‘Hooked on Music’, a project in which UvA researchers are collaborating with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, UK, is growing ever more intense and international. All over the world, social and conventional media have been reporting ‘Wannabe’ by the Spice Girls as the most catchy hit single. [See more info here.]

FRI - Cookie - 20: 6 x 7 = 36

FRI - News and Events - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:00

New building, new habits: we are starting Thursday sessions "FRI – Cookie – 20".

KANO Autumn School of Computer Science

FRI - News and Events - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:00

 Last week our Faculty held the KANO Autumn School of Computer Science, where 20 children from socially disadvantaged families were taught to programme.

AES E-News: November 5, 2014

AES E-News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:44
1. 137th Convention Wrap-Up
2. 138th Convention, Call for Papers
3. Why You Should Subscribe to the E-Library
4. Discounts on Apple Products
5. Job Board Update
6. AES Journal October Issue Now Available

Mimetic - Présences électronique 2014

INA-GRM - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 09:25


Interview de Jérôme Soudan (Mimetic) en 2014 par Alexandre Bazin

Extrait de Niche.

Réalisation interactive : Dominique Saint-Martin

Concert at IRCAM, Espace de projection: IRCAM Live

CNMAT, UC at Berkeley - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 20:46
Start: 2014-11-20 20:00 End: 2014-11-20 22:00

MTI Mix 2 - Concert Pace 1 Wednesday 12th November 7pm

Wednesday November 12th, 2014 7.00pmPACE Building, Studio 1, Richmond St., Leicester
MTI Mix 2
We continue our 15th Birthday Season celebrating our members’ great success over the last year – and introducing some new members.

Michael Young                                    Piano ProsthesisMichael recently joined DMU as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning). He performs this interactive piano/computer piece himself.Virginie Viel                                    Nuage NoirVirginie recently joined MTI as a research student after a Masters at Mons (Belgium) including studies with Annette Vande Gorne and Elizabeth Anderson.Simon Atkinson                                    afterimagesA new work evoking the rich and mysterious sounds of nature, exploring composition as landscape.Louise Rossiter                         Cyclic MotionsLouise is a PhD research student in MTI - she has just returned from a composing residency in Montreal.
Marinos Giannoukakis                        Musica UniversalisA new work for computer-generated graphics and 8-channel sound. Marinos is a PhD research student in MTI.All welcome! Entry Free!
This is another event for the concert reports for MUST1009, MUST2003, MUST2007 and essential for MUST3000/3024 too!
Watch this space for our continuing MTI events series

Una voz, todas las voces. Concert-installation by Josué Moreno

Phonos project - UPF - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:00
Series: Thursday, 2014, November 13 - 19:30 Una voz, todas las voces 13.11.2014 - 19:30h Sala Polivalent UPF Poblenou (Edifici Tànger)
C/ Roc Boronat 138
Free admission   "Sounds never cease to exist, we are the ones to stop being able to perceive them or they become other forms of energy. With the appropriate technical means, we should be able to hear again the sounds that surround us constantly coming from the past" This is the assumption made by Marconi that I take as a metaphor for my recent sound projects.

8 "druid-speakers" distributed throughout the space are responsible for exploring and accompany the visitor to enter in a panvocal sonic world where artificial and natural voice enhance sound aspects of the occupied space, creating at the same time multiple dialogs between the space and the work; natural and supernatural voice; signifier and signified; past and present, taking us from the tempered singing to the spoken word, through a wide range of microtonal situations.

  This work has been possible thanks to the Phonos Grants program, it has been worked in its studios and used software developed at the Music Technology Group (Pompeu Fabra University) – Vocaloid and KaleiVoiceCope- for the generation and processing of the human voice.   Josué Moreno November 2014  

with the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya: Departament de Cultura
Ajuntament de Barcelona: Barcelona Cultura
Universitat Pompeu Fabra



Lauréats "Ircam Live"

IRCAM - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 00:00

Découvrez les lauréats de l'appel à performances initié par le Forum Ircam !

Gaan we kinderen weer horen zingen in de klas? [Dutch]

Opiniestuk in de Volkskrant van 3 november 2014: Minister Bussemaker wil muziekles op de basisschool mogelijk maken. De Kamer beslist vandaag.

'Scientists discover catchiest song of all time'

Scientists have discovered the Spice Girls' anthem ‘Wannabe’ is the catchiest hit single in the UK. To collect data, researchers developed a ‘Hooked on Music’ game that asked people to name a song randomly selected from over 1,000 best-selling tunes when it began playing from the hook.

Trond Lossius at 3,14

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:49

October 31. Trond Lossius opens his sound installation “The Place Sound Builds in Passing” in collaboration with Bergen Baroque at the Foundation 3.14 in Vågsbunnen. Recorded audio from different outdoor areas is moved into the gallery and transforms the sonic environment in a room that has its own history, its own soundscape and a distinctive acoustic.

Upcoming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, musicians will perform in the installation, and from November 4. Jeremy Welsh contriutes with his video works.

De senere årene har Trond Lossius gjort lydopptak i ulike utemiljø. Heller enn å være opptak av enkeltlyder og lydkilder, er dette opptak av lydomgivelser, og opptakene gir en fornemmelse av sted. Mange som arbeider med feltopptak fokuserer enten på det urbane, i en forlengelse av en futuristisk ”art of noise” tradisjon, eller gjør opptak i uberørt natur. Trond Lossius sine opptak er hovedsaklig gjort i bydeler og forsteder. Dette er steder som hverken er utpreget urbane eller uberørt natur, men hvor lydbildet i stedet blir en ”skitten” antroposcenisk miks. Opptakene kjennetegnes av auditive fellesnevnere som går igjen fra et sted til et annet, fra en bydel til en annen, og fra et land til et annet. Lydomgivelsenes kvaliteter er mer tidsspesifikke enn geografisk bestemte. Opptakene dokumenterer hvordan lydomgivelsene påvirkes av trafikk og andre kommunikasjonsmidler, og hvordan disse fremkomstmidlene har blitt en grunnleggende premiss for organiseringen av det moderne samfunnet.

Ansvarlige for produksjonen er Bergen Barokk og Trond Lossius som tidligere har samarbeidet i liknende prosjekt, – ”Lines Converging at a Distance”, under jubileet i Håkonshallen i 2011 og i konsertform som ”Brudd. Flate.” under Holbergdagene samme år. Produksjonen skjer i samarbeid med Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen kirkeautunnale og Ekkofestivalen, med støtte fra Bergen kommune, Norsk kulturråd og BEK – Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst.

Trond Lossius på nett

Time and place:
  • 3,14 - 31/10/2014 to 09/11/2014

Interview bij 'Folia maakt kennis' [Dutch]

Op 29 oktober 2014 zendt Folia Radio een interview uit met Henkjan Honing. Aan de orde zullen komen muziek en het brein, muziek als kunstuiting en de positie van de kleine studies en de financiële problemen bij de FGw. Terug te luisteren via Zoe ook foliaweb

Stine Omar and Max Boss at BLOKK

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 20:51

Stine Omar and Max Boss are Berlin based artists creating under the name of Easterjesus Productions in the fields of video art and pop music. At BLOKK they will show their 2014 serial drama Sadness is an Evil Gas Inside of Me surrounded by new works in relation to the Sadness.

Sadness is an Evil Gas Inside of Me premiered in September 2014 in Berlin and since then has been screened at MoMA PS1, NYC and Night Gallery, Los Angeles.

The synchronization of EASTER’s work as both musicians and artists, blurs and questions the boundaries between artists’ video works and traditional music videos.

The inherent reflection of the traditional music video as itself and the blending of genres which nourish their visual canvas, make their work an exercise of postmodernism and an aesthetic innovation at the same time. There are traces of an intricate compound of heterogeneous elements in their videos, such as pop symbolism, surrealistic films, American drama series, advertisements, performance or contemporary dance. The human body works simultaneously as vehicle of their music and as a sensual narcissistic and ambiguous way of seduction. (David Armengou)

More info about their work as pop duo EASTER can be found on

BEK supports the exhibition with equipment.

Time and place:
  • Blokk - 31/10/2014 to 09/11/2014

Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2014

SMC Group, INESC Porto - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:43
SMC Post-doc Gilberto Bernardes won 2nd prize in the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge for his PhD Thesis “earGram: Composing Music by Selection”. The Challenge consists in awarding the best ideas based on graduation theses that were developed having ‘Research of Practical Utility’ in mind and that clearly demonstrate a concern with the direct applicability of its results in Industry. Read […]

Noise reduction using artificial auditory neurons

CCRMA-Stanford University - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:14
Date:  Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar Animals throughout the animal kingdom excel at extracting individual sounds from competing background sounds, yet current state-of-the-art signal processing algorithms struggle to process speech in the presence of even modest background noise. Recent psychophysical experiments in humans and electrophysiological recordings in animal models suggest that the brain is adapted to process sounds within a restricted domain of spectro-temporal modulations found in natural sounds. We show how an artificial neural network trained to detect, extract and reconstruct the spectro-temporal features found in speech can significantly reduce the level of the background noise while preserving the foreground speech quality, improving speech intelligibility and automatic speech recognition along the way. FREE Open to the Public

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Make Visuals with a Commodore 64 Workshop

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:27

On Saturday the 4th October, visual Artist Raquel Meyers will show various techniques for using the Commodore 64 for animation and live performance, by using a unique set of tools.

Saturday 4th October
kl 12:00 – 17:00
by Raquel Meyers

Create music and visuals focus on 8 bit aesthetics.
Raquel Meyers will show how to use the famous Commodore 64 for making illustrations, animations and use of live performance.

This workshop teaches you how to use these tools like Ascii and Petscii, languages used on the C64.

The purpose of the workshop is to find new ways of expression in these unique tools that are often misunderstood as limiting and difficult. New ideas don’t require new technologies. In fact, old technologies often spawn new procedures, ideas, styles and goals.

No previous experience is necessary and it is sufficient to bring a standard laptop. The goal of the workshop is that the participants make a music video or a live performance together.


The workshop is free! To join, send email to

The workshop is part of the project Sonic Game Space, supported by Art Counci Norway and Bergen kommune.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 04/10/2014 12:00

BEK at Ekko — Bergen Electronic Music and Art Festival

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:22

Two commissioned works by BEK at this years Ekko Festival: Asbjørn Flø with Ratkje, Rishaug & Tafjord – ‘Analogikk’ and Stephan Meidell with Birk Nygaard – ‘Dialogues’

The festival also presents exhibition works supported by BEK: «Dialogues Prologue» by Stephan Meidell & Birk Nygaard and «Mayhem Machine» by Marieke Verbiesen.

Festival start is 17. October

Flø, Ratkje, Rishaug, Tafjord «Analogikk» (N)

Clear your schedule and mark this date in your calendars. Why, you ask? Well: Four of Norway’s most important composers in the last decade will perform together on this special night. Asbjørn Flø is behind a series of sound installations, traditional compositions and explorations of the possibilities of electronic music – at home and abroad. While colleague Alexander Rishaugveien for many years has operated at the intersection of glitch, contemporary music and ambient, with album releases on Asphodel and Smalltown Supersound.

Hild Sofie Tafjord and Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje has been experimenting with noise music and improvisation in Fe-mail and spunk, but also pushed musical boundaries individually. In 2001, Kjelstrup Ratkje was awarded the Arne Nordheim Composer Award, and she has contributed in over 70 albums but is best known for his improvised voice art.

The four meet to perform Flø’s piece «Analogikk» based on an «archaeological» and self made electronic musical instrument consisting of analog circuits. The music will combine compositional ideas from contemporary music’s great pioneers, such as Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis, but will also take on the inspiration of modern particle physics and the romantic landscape paintings. Exactly how it will sound, however, no one knows until it is started.

The piece «Analogikk» is a new commission ordered by BEK and produced in collaboration with BEK.

Meidell & Nygaard ‘Dialogues’
Earlier this year guitarist and composer Stephan Meidell released the album “Cascades” (Hubro), where he improvised music by interacting with various rooms in Bergen. Architecture, reverberation and temperature affected the compositions he created on the electric guitar.

During this year’s EKKO Meidell takes his concept one step further; This time, he also brings a computer, for a work called “Dialogues”. Accompanying him is the multimedia sculptor Birk Nygaard, who will create a visuals to the music, based on signals from Meidell’s machine. This time the dialogue will therefore assume analog, digital, visual and musical forms.

The piece «Dialogues» is a new commission ordered by BEK and produced in collaboration with BEK.

Both commissioned works are supported by Art Council Norway. The premiere concerts are supported by Bergen kommune.

Festival exhibition:
«Dialogues Prologue» Stephan Meidell & Birk Nygaard

Nygaard and Meidell explores the intersection between fragility and precision – both aesthetically and technically – and the unpredictability that occurs when the analog is controlled digitally. In this installation the multimedia sculptor Birk Nygaard exhibits two wall clocks, programmed to interact with music from Meidell. The work is commissioned by BEK, and is performed in its entirety in concert format last Saturday during the festival.

“Mayhem Machine» Marieke Verbiesen
“Mayhem Machine” is an audiovisual instrument that allows one to compose, play and destroy by using its image plane, and then designing the new narratives by adopting sound, light, physical objects and animated video. The work is inspired by the “Instruments of the Future” by Giles Holst in “Poeme Electronique” at the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1958. The sounds are composed of Bærtur by Ketil Mosnes. The project is co-produced by BEK.

Third work at the exhibition is “A Voyage to Arcturus” by Two Ruins

The exhibition is produced by Ekko in collaboration with Lydgalleriet, and supported by BEK.


OCTOBER 17th – 25th

The EKKO festival for electronic music and art kicks off at Østre and at Korskirken on October 17th and lasts over two weekends until the 25th. This year’s programme includes Nils Frahm’s explorations of the pianos sonic possibilities, Future Brown’s clash of genres, Shackleton’s resonant drones, Andreas Tilliander’s project TM404, and 80s synth pop from Finland by Jaakko Eino Kalevi. And Dj Harvey.

EKKO is known for it’s artistic profile who pushes the traditional boundaries, and the fine balance between music, art, and visuals. Every year the festival presents a piece of music specially commissioned for the festival. This year’s commission work is signed Biosphere and Skatebård, two pioneers who have worked in quite different corners of the Norwegian electronic music scene, and belong to their own generation, but with mutual respect and admiration for the art and for each other’s work.

The festival programme represents a mix between both local and international acts, and between more established artists as well as some up and coming artists.

TM404 (S)




For complete artist presentations and the playing schedule visit
Gallery from Ekko no. 10 on Flickr

Ticket information
Buy tickets here:

Day pass on days with two venues:
Østre & Korskirken, Friday, Oct 24th: 300,- + fee

Day passes at Østre:
Friday Oct 17th: 280,- + fee
Saturday Oct 18th: 280,- + fee
Wednesday Oct 22nd: 150,- + fee
Thursday Oct 23rd: 90,- + fee
Friday Oct 24th: 280,- + fee
Saturday Oct 25th: 280,- + fee

Single concerts/ concerts packages
(some early night concerts, not including club programme from 21/22.30):
Nils Frahm,
Korskirken, Friday Oct 24th: 250,- + fee.
Suzanne Ciani + Neotantrik, and Stephan Meidell, Birk Nygaard «Dialogues»,
Østre, Saturday Oct 25th: 150,- + fee.

The exhibition opening plus Flø, Ratjke, Rishaug, Tafjord «Analogikk» on opening night Friday Oct 17th (18:30 – 21:00) is for free.

Time and place:
  • Østre - 17/10/2014 to 25/10/2014
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