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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. 


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 in- tended to be worn by dancers, for which he composed and presented two compositions at the Cacoyannis Institute in Athens, Greece. He holds an MFA from the... Read More →

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 of the SpectraSurface, a digital percussion interface which uses audio feature extractions to control sound synthesis. He holds a Masters in composition from McGill... Read More →

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 musicians and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Percussion, Composition and Electronic Music from the University of South Florida and a Master of Music in... Read More →

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

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