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Tuesday, July 1 • 18:20 - 18:45
Unsounding Objects

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Unsounding Objects is a series of compositions for the SpectraSurface that examine various characteristics of the instrument. Two previous compositions, Unsounding Objects no. 1 & no. 2, were composed by Preston Beebe and respectively featured various bowls and various cymbals as performance interfaces. 

The SpectraSurface is a set of playing surfaces contained within a suitcase which are equipped with contact micro- phones. Found objects such as bowls, pipes, or toys are placed on top of the surfaces. The sounds from the contact mics are sent to a computer where they are analyzed for their important audio features; these features are then used to drive sound synthesis. The tradition of found objects in the percussion idiom (Henry Cowell, John Cage, Lou Har- rison) offers a familiar interface with unique timbral and temporal characteristics which produce interesting results in the analysis-synthesis platform of Unsounding Objects. 

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Ian Hattwick

Ian Hattwick (Instrument Design) is a composer, performer, and digital musical instrument designer. His current research focuses on collaborative approaches to music performance using gestural interfaces. In 2013 he co-created the Prosthetic Instruments, family of gestural controllers... Read More →
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Marcelo Wanderley

Professor, McGill University
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Preston Beebe

Preston Beebe (United States, born 1988) | | Montréal based composer and percussionist, Preston Beebe uses electronics and technology for both performance and composition. He develops interfaces for visual feedback to aid in live-electronic performances and is a co-developer... Read More →
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Zachary Hale

CIRMMT, McGill University
Zachary Hale is a Florida-born, Montreal-based composer and percussionist who creates and performs music that deals with live-electronics and new interfaces. His interest lies in the possibilities when the performer and technician are one in the same, and also bridging the gap between... Read More →


Tuesday July 1, 2014 18:20 - 18:45
Great Hall Goldsmiths

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