PhD Final Seminar
Nov
5
10:00 am10:00

PhD Final Seminar

  • CSIT (Building 108)

Apps, Agents, and Improvisation: Studying Ensemble Interaction with Touch-Screen Digital Musical Instruments

Abstract

This project is about performing with new digital musical instruments (DMIs) on touch-screen devices that are designed for ensemble performance. While computer music has advanced to the point where a huge variety of digital instruments are common in educational, recreational, and professional music-making, these instruments rarely seek to enhance the ensemble context in which they can be used. In this research, new ensemble-focussed instruments have been designed and deployed in an ongoing artistic practice, these instruments have been evaluated to find out whether and how they affect the ensembles and music that is made with them.

A series of improvised performances with prototype apps exposed a vocabulary of continuous performative touch-gestures. A system for tracking these collaborative performances in real time was developed using tools from machine learning. This tracking system is posed as an intelligent agent that can continually analyse the performers and trigger changes in their user interfaces at appropriate moments. Two formal studies examine performers' responses to several app-agent designs using this system.

This project has examined ensemble DMI performance in unprecedented scope and detail - over 150 interaction sessions have been recorded. Informed by the results of lab and field studies using quantitative and qualitative methods, four generations of ensemble-focussed interface have been developed. The results assure us that the intelligent agent interaction produces performances that are longer, with improved perceptions of musical structure, group interaction, enjoyment and overall quality.

Collected Resonance: Session 1
Jul
24
8:00 pm20:00

Collected Resonance: Session 1

  • ANU School of Music

Join us for the first in a new series of exploratory sound making and new music performance! Each session will be curated by local sound/music artist and feature experimental works-in-progress and established artists!

Curated by Charles Martin, this session brings together the cutting edge of software and hardware hacking. It's improvised, it's reconstructed, it's rewired.

Otiose Trio - https://otiosetrio.bandcamp.com/ DIY Synth Group - Low Flung - https://soundcloud.com/lowflung

ANU School of Music Big Band Room (Peter Karmel Building)

8pm

FREE ENTRY

Avoidance Behaviour
Jul
21
12:30 pm12:30

Avoidance Behaviour

  • Ainslie Arts Centre

Presented by the ANU Music Students' Association and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres:

Avoidance Behaviour: A Film with Live and Pre-recorded Soundtrack

12:30pm 21 July Ainslie Arts Centre: Ainslie Main Hall

http://www.agac.com.au/event/out-to-lunch/

Film: Elyse Howe Music: Charles Martin and Alexander Hunter

From the filmmaker:

Transplanted here from cities immeasurably greater in expanse and urbanity, circumstance has exiled me in isolation. Regression and stagnation feel inevitable, endeavour replaced with idleness, replicated daily. I patrol the small spaces I now inhabit, documenting my lonely gaze. Circumventing invading thoughts of self-loathing and failure by narrowly scrutinising the ordinary. Cyclical and lethargic; my avoidance behaviour.

From the musicians:

As the film deals with vistas under close scrutiny moving in and out of focus, so too does this collection of pre-recorded and live sounds focus on the small and subtle. Canberra presents situations where one’s attention is necessarily drawn to, and focused on, things which in a larger city might go under-noticed. The sounds used in this performance are a mixture of live and pre-recorded string and percussion, as well as field recordings from urban, suburban and natural environments in Canberra.

From the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres:

"With the new developments and refurbishments of Ainslie Arts Centre, and the bustling throng of musicians at the ANU School of Music, it only seems logical that the two should combine in some way to form a concert series. Much of Canberra’s new experimental and modernist classical music comes from the School of Music, yet Canberra’s growing urban scene does not seem to offer a performance space for these composers, artists and experimenters. This lunchtime series is designed to be a professional development and experience opportunity for these musicians – an environment in which new and radical music can be heard, and these people performing as individual artists rather than just students. The series focuses on new and experimental music, as well as classical music less performed. It is aimed at providing an opportunity for artists to experiment, and for audiences to experience, a less-known side of music, in one of Canberra’s emerging musical hubs.

You Are Here - ANU Experimental Music Studio
Mar
20
Mar 21

You Are Here - ANU Experimental Music Studio

  • Canberra Museum and Gallery

The ANU Experimental Music Studio is performing a set of new improvised and composed music for the You Are Here festival's all night sleep over gig. No drones here - it's an experimental dance party straight from the elctronic music labs.

Art Not Apart - ANU Experimental Music Studio
Mar
14
1:00 pm13:00

Art Not Apart - ANU Experimental Music Studio

  • New Acton

I'm performing with the ANU Experimental Music Studio at Art Not Apart, a multi-artform festival in Canberra's New Acton district!

We'll be playing from 1pm-1:50pm at the Central Stage - it's free so come check it out!

The ANU Experimental Music Studio will be performing a set of improvised electroacoustic music. School of Music lecturers Erin Helyard and Alexander Hunter will be joined by PhD students Charles Martin and Chloë J Hobbs, and undergraduate students Benjamin Drury and Brendan Keller-Tuberg.

These six musicians will present a set of improvisations utilising an anarchic, collaborative performance model developed as part of Hunter’s current practice-led research on the Central Stage for ANA 2015.

PASIC Clinic: iPads in Percussion Ensemble
Nov
22
10:00 am10:00

PASIC Clinic: iPads in Percussion Ensemble

I'm excited to announce that I will be presenting a clinic on iPads in Percussion Ensemble at PASIC 2014 in Indianapolis!

I'll be joined in the clinic by Christina Hopgood and Maria Finkelmeier to demonstrate the iPad apps I've been developing. We'll show you we play these using the touch screen as well as with MIDI controllers such as the MalletKat. We'll play new compositions that take advantage of all the features of my apps and also show you how you can create your own mobile music apps without writing a line of code!

Best of all, all the compositions and apps we use will be ready for attendees to buy and try out with their own groups - check out metatone.net and my website for more details.

Hope to see you there!

ANU Experimental Studio @ the Drill Hall Gallery
Sep
7
3:00 pm15:00

ANU Experimental Studio @ the Drill Hall Gallery

  • Drill Hall Gallery

SoM Lecturers Erin Helyard and Alexander Hunter and PhD student Charles Martin will be representing the newly-formed ANU Experimental Music Studio as part of the Drill Hall Gallery's amazing exhibition 'Colour Music' http://dhg.anu.edu.au/events/colour-music/ - running from 14 August to 28 September

The program will feature early instruments and live electronics; improvisations, new compositions and reinterpretations of existing works in response to the works exhibited in the gallery.

(above image is Untitled Abstract Composition with Orange, Blue and Grey) c1950 19.9 x 28.6 cm The University of Melbourne Art Collection – Gift of Mrs Olive Hirschfeld)

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ANU Experimental Music Studio @ Drill Hall Gallery
Aug
31
3:00 pm15:00

ANU Experimental Music Studio @ Drill Hall Gallery

  • Drill Hall Gallery

The newly-formed ANU Experimental Music Studio will present a concert of new works and improvisations featuring student and faculty performers as part of the Drill Hall Gallery's amazing exhibition 'Colour Music' http://dhg.anu.edu.au/events/colour-music/ - running from 14 August to 28 September

(image is Josef Stanislaus Ostja-Kotkowski, untitled (laser image PRG919/5/1735) 1990(cat no.41))

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Ensemble Metatone @ Colour Music
Aug
24
3:00 pm15:00

Ensemble Metatone @ Colour Music

  • Drill Hall Gallery

Ensemble Metatone presents a concert of old and new works for iPad and percussion at Drill Hall Gallery's wonderful Colour Music exhibition!

This free concert will include music of John Cage as well as new works by Charles Martin and the improvised results of a research-through-rehearsal process with Ensemble Metatone.

  • Where: Drill Hall Gallery (ANU), Kingsley St, Acton, Canberra
  • When: 3-4pm Sunday 24th August
  • Cost: free!
  • More Information: Drill Hall Gallery Website

About Ensemble Metatone:

Ensemble Metatone performs improvised and experimental music using iPad-based instruments and percussion. The group continually generates new ways of making music using computers integrated into percussion setups. Their networked musical techniques separate the performers sonically while drawing them together as an ensemble. More information: http://metatone.net

Bauhaus and Other Associates
Aug
22
6:00 pm18:00

Bauhaus and Other Associates

  • National Film and Sound Archive

I'm performing live electronic soundtracks to films related to the Bauhaus movement at the National Film and Sound Archive! Here's the details, more info on the NFSA website:

Bauhaus and Other Associates (Unclassified 18+)

  • 60mins
  • 22 August 2014, 6pm
  • Arc cinema, Canberra, ACT
  • Free sessions, bookings (02) 6248 2000

We add an appendix to our summer Canberra centennial celebrating season, Utopian Cinema, with a final look at the cinema made by, and parallel to, the influential Bauhaus architecture movement. This time we delve into the more educational/polemical documentaries, often made to illustrate Bauhaus’s public lectures or educational programs, with films from Walter Gropius, Paul Wolff and László Moholy-Nagy.

HCC & Friends: Exploring Percussive Gesture on iPads with Ensemble Metatone
Jun
30
3:00 pm15:00

HCC & Friends: Exploring Percussive Gesture on iPads with Ensemble Metatone

  • Building 108, Australian National University

I'm speaking at the upcoming "Human Centred Computer & Friends" colloquium - there'll be videos, sounds and even a bit of live performance! Here's the details:

Location: N335 seminar room, 3-4 Cost: Free! Snacks provided? I think so!

Abstract:

Percussionists are unique among western classical instrumentalists in that their artistic practice is defined by an approach to interaction rather than their instruments. While percussionists are accustomed to exploring non-traditional objects to create music, these objects have yet to encompass touch-screen computing devices to any great extent. The proliferation and popularity of these devices now presents an opportunity to explore their use in combining computer-generated sound together with percussive interaction in a musical ensemble.

In this talk, I’ll introduce Ensemble Metatone, a group formed to explore the "infiltration" of iPad-based musical instruments into a free-improvisation percussion ensemble. I will discuss the design approach for two different iPad percussion instruments and the methodology for exploring them with the group over a series of rehearsals and performances. Qualitative analysis of discussions throughout this process shows that the musicians developed a vocabulary of gestures and musical interactions to make musical sense of these new instruments.

This talk will be an expanded version of our (Charles Martin, Henry Gardner, Ben Swift) paper at CHI2014: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2556288.2557226

ANU New Music Ensemble + Uncut Percussion
Jun
7
7:00 pm19:00

ANU New Music Ensemble + Uncut Percussion

  • ANU School of Music
  • Larry Sitsky Recital Room: ANU School of Music
  • 7pm
  • Free Entry
  • Facebook Event

The premiere performance of the ANU New Music Ensemble with special guests, Uncut Percussion!

The concert will feature works from the last 40 years (6 of which were written in the last 10 years).

Program to include works from ANU students and faculty, and other composers Earle Brown (USA), Kyle Gann (USA), Gerhard Stäbler (DE), Kunsu Shim (DE/KR) and Apparat (DE).

(Program details TBC)

ANU Composers Collective Seminar
May
26
3:00 pm15:00

ANU Composers Collective Seminar

  • ANU School of Music
  • 3pm Lecture Theatre 3 - ANU School of Music
  • Free entry!
  • Facebook event

I'm giving a seminar on computer music using Pure Data and making musical iPad apps for the ANU Composers Collective this Monday!

I'm going to "live patch" my way through the basics of computer music programming in Pd live on stage so that everybody can see how easy and awesome it is to make music with computers. At the end, I'll talk a bit about how this connects to my iPad apps and start a discussion about starting up a computer/iPad ensemble at ANU.

Should be rad.

Here's two important blog posts that I'll refer to:

And here's the lecture slides! Hopefully I'll make a screencast of the live-patching part:

Nordlig Vinter @ Scandinavian Cultural Center
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Nordlig Vinter @ Scandinavian Cultural Center

  • Scandinavian Cultural Center

Presented as part of ArtWeek Boston, Ensemble Evolution's Charles Martin and Maria Finkelmeier will share a journey to the arctic north through an interactive performance and presentation inspired by the arctic environment in Sweden.

In this feature concert at the Scandinavian Cultural Center, Boston, Maria and I will be performing works from my debut album "Nordlig Vinter", and other pieces that we worked on in Piteå!

More Information Here!.

Frost Beat (all ages)
May
3
12:00 pm12:00

Frost Beat (all ages)

  • Frost Ice Bar

FROST BEAT explores the sight, sound, and feel of ice as a musical element, using percussion as a vehicle to make music. The venue, FROST ICE BAR, is maintained at a chilling 21F. Visitors can enjoy a multi-sensory experience where the venue, art, and music create an interactive experience. FROST BEAT will feature ice sculptor, Sarah Cohen, and percussionist, Maria Finkelmeier, who has been described by the Boston Globe as “unfailingly energetic.” Maria and Sarah use ice and music to feed creative energy and create a unique collaboration, captivating audiences with its imagery and sound.

I'm working with Maria Finkelmeier and artist Sarah Cohen on this awesome experimental music event at Frost Ice Bar in Boston! Expect strange ice-instruments, contact microphones, computer music - all at -6℃!

There's two showings of this performance - Friday evening is 21+ and Saturday afternoon is all ages - tickets $20 on the Art Week Boston event page!

Frost Beat (21+)
May
2
5:00 pm17:00

Frost Beat (21+)

  • Frost Ice Bar

FROST BEAT explores the sight, sound, and feel of ice as a musical element, using percussion as a vehicle to make music. The venue, FROST ICE BAR, is maintained at a chilling 21F. Visitors can enjoy a multi-sensory experience where the venue, art, and music create an interactive experience. FROST BEAT will feature ice sculptor, Sarah Cohen, and percussionist, Maria Finkelmeier, who has been described by the Boston Globe as “unfailingly energetic.” Maria and Sarah use ice and music to feed creative energy and create a unique collaboration, captivating audiences with its imagery and sound.

I'm working with Maria Finkelmeier and artist Sarah Cohen on this awesome experimental music event at Frost Ice Bar in Boston! Expect strange ice-instruments, contact microphones, computer music - all at -6℃!

There's two showings of this performance - Friday evening is 21+ and Saturday afternoon is all ages - tickets $20 on the Art Week Boston event page!

Exploring Percussive Gesture on iPads with Ensemble Metatone (CHI2014 Presentation)
Apr
28
May 1

Exploring Percussive Gesture on iPads with Ensemble Metatone (CHI2014 Presentation)

  • Toronto Canada

I will be presenting a short paper as the CHI2014 conference in Toronto this April. Here's the abstract:

Percussionists are unique among western classical instrumentalists in that their artistic practice is defined by an approach to interaction rather than their instruments. While percussionists are accustomed to exploring non-traditional objects to create music, these objects have yet to encompass touch-screen computing devices to any great extent. The proliferation and popularity of these devices now presents an opportunity to explore their use in combining computer-generated sound together with percussive interaction in a musical ensemble.

This paper examines Ensemble Metatone, a group formed to explore the “infiltration” of iPad-based musical instruments into a free-improvisation percussion ensemble. We discuss the design approach for two different iPad percussion instruments and the methodology for exploring them with the group over a series of rehearsals and performances. Qualitative analysis of discussions throughout this process shows that the musicians developed a vocabulary of gestures and musical interactions to make musical sense of these new instruments.

Ensemble Metatone at You Are Here: Loner Sessions
Mar
17
6:00 pm18:00

Ensemble Metatone at You Are Here: Loner Sessions

  • Canberra Museum and Gallery

Far from loners, Ensemble Metatone is getting together in it's biggest configuration yet for a set of experimental and improvised music for iPads orchestra and percussion as part of the You Are Here festival.

Where: Canberra Museum and Gallery - entrance (Civic Square)
When: 6pm, Monday 17th March
How much: Free

Bauhaus and Associates
Feb
9
2:00 pm14:00

Bauhaus and Associates

  • National Film and Sound Archive

Live improvised accompaniments for solo percussion and computer to a selection of experimental films at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Here's the NFSA's description:

A selection of films by, about, or parallel to the artistic movement which came to define 20th century architectural and design modernism and rationalism. As well as rare film archival meetings with Bauhaus leaders like Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe, the selection also tours key Bauhaus buildings, and other defining, associated works of 20th century design modernism such as Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye. And there’s also a selection of the experimental filmmaking closely associated with Bauhaus, such as work of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling.

Tickets available through the event page on the NFSA website.

Nov
10
10:30 am10:30

Ensemble Evolution: Family Workshop

  • Arnold Arboretum

FAMILY WORKSHOP

When: Sunday, November 10, 10:30-noon

Location: Hunnewell Building

Fee: $5 per person plus a $5 material fee per child Additional Info: Open to ages 5–11; children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum three children per adult

Purchase tickets online at http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617.384.5277

Nov
8
3:00 pm15:00

Sounds from the Treetops: Open Rehearsal

  • Arnold Arboretum

When: Friday, November 8, 3:00 – 4:00pm Location: Hunnewell Building Fee: Free

Observe the creative process while Ensemble Evolution works with local musicians to write a piece dedicated to and inspired by the Arboretum

Nov
7
7:30 pm19:30

Ensemble Evolution Groupmuse Concert!

  • Jamaica Plains Boston USA

All percussion + pieces by the musicians, for the musicians + international flare.

Hosted at Maria Finkelmeier's place in Jamaica Plains!

Solstormen Set by Maria Finkelmeier, Jacob Remington, and Charles Martin UFO: Crash Landing by Maria Finkelmeier Mirror Cube by Charles Martin The Bird's Next by Jacob Remington Planks, for the Tree Sauna by Charles Martin The Cabin by Jacob Remington http://ensembleevolution.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-from-the-treetops

Ensemble Evolution: Maria Finkelmeier (Boston, MA) Charles Martin (Canberra, Australia) Jacob Remington (Dallas, Texas) Guests TBA!

Register your attendence here at groupmuse.