How does new technology impact artistic development? In Talk 3 we meet composers and musicians who have a particular interest in the possibilities that technology offers to art and music making. We look back at ShareMusic´s production Mondgewächse and the conditions of 2014. How much have changed? What has improved? Where are we today? What does the future look like? Will we be able to create music with only the power of the mind? Are we already there? In 2020, Peter Larsson and Lloyd May met during a ShareMusicTechLab that revealed innovation at a whole new level.
Talk 3 is led by Klas Nevrin, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Jazz at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm
In March 2020, #ShareMusicTechLab was carried out in Skövde, Sweden. The purpose of the lab was to explore the music tool MiMu Gloves and a brand new neurosensor. Researcher and musician Lloyd May worked with musicians Peter Larsson and Gusten Aldenklint to investigate the effectiveness of the neurosensor as an artistic tool. The work focused on which movements are most expressive to create music in order to calibrate the sensor. The neurosensor that was used in the lab is extremely sensitive. It reads signals from the muscle and nerve fibers so distinct that it perceives the intention of a movement. The brain sends impulses to the arm, for example, and these impulses are perceived by the sensor. In other words, one can control the sensor with the power of the mind, just by imagining a movement.
Mondgewächse is a musical performance in which contemporary chamber music meets music technology. An enigmatic and expressive work, where traditional instruments, sensors and live motion tracking generate the music on stage in real time. Mondgewächse was produced by ShareMusic & Performing Arts in 2014. The creative idea, to explore the relationship between the musician and the instrument from different directions, originates from composer Patricia Alessandrini. The ensembles that was part of the work are Gageego from Gothenburg, and the In:fluence Ensemble from ShareMusic. In 2020 Mondgewächse received the NIME Accessibility Award (NIME, The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression).
Patricia Alessandrini, Composer, Sound Artist, Performer, Researcher. Assistant Professor, Department of Music/Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University
Lloyd May: Researcher, musician, and technologist. Ph.D. student at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University.
Peter Larsson, Musician and writer
Klas Nevrin, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Jazz at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm
Sophia Alexandersson Chief executive and artistic director, ShareMusic & Performing Arts
Patricia Alessandrini, Assistant Professor at Stanford University, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), is a composer/sound artist creating compositions, installations, and performance situations which are for the most part interactive and intermedial. Her works have been presented in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and more than 15 European countries. She performs research on immersive experience and embodied interaction, including instrument design for inclusive performance.
Peter Larsson is a musician that has been involved with ShareMusic since 2002. Among many things, Peter has participated in the performances Dawn at Galamanta and Mondgewächse, and he is also a member of the ensemble Parasonic. Peter also participates in ShareMusic’s mentoring program and has over the past year worked on an autobiographical performance together with other artists.
Lloyd May is a researcher, musician and technologist with an interest in the accessibility and interactivity of sound. Born and raised in Carletonville, South Africa, and currently a Ph.D. student at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University.
Interests are focused around a broad notion of accessibility and include machine learning, instrument design, music analysis, and applied music cognition.
As a technologist, Lloyd has developed physical synthesis instruments and installations and is currently exploring computational approaches to sonifying imagined sound.