MicroJam at Boost
Jun
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

MicroJam at Boost

I'll be showing off my app, MicroJam, at the Boost Technology and Equality in Music Conference in Oslo this week, here's the event description:

MicroJam is a mobile app for making tiny touch-screen musical performances with your friends. With MicroJam, you can record short jams on the touch screen, which can be shared online. You can play back and loop jams from your friends, as well as reply, which adds a new layer to someone else’s jam. To make music with MicroJam, just tap and swipe on the screen and your motions are transformed into sounds. There are different sound schemes to explore and it’s fun and easy for musical novices and experts alike! MicroJam has been created by music technology researcher Charles Martin at the University of Oslo as part of research into how smartphones can enhance musical creativity.

MicroJam is currently in beta testing with public release planned later in 2017. This work is supported by The Research Council of Norway as a part of the Engineering Predictability with Embodied Cognition project, under grant agreement 240862. Have a go with MicroJam at our Tech Showroom and try to record your best mobile jam!

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PhD Final Seminar
Nov
5
10:00am10:00am

PhD Final Seminar

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.

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

Collected Resonance: Session 1

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

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Avoidance Behaviour
Jul
21
12:30pm12:30pm

Avoidance Behaviour

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.

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

Art Not Apart - ANU Experimental Music Studio

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.

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

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!

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

ANU Experimental Studio @ the 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
3:00pm 3:00pm

ANU Experimental Music Studio @ 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
3:00pm 3:00pm

Ensemble Metatone @ Colour Music

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

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

Bauhaus and Other Associates

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.

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

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

  • Building 108, Australian National University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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

ANU New Music Ensemble + Uncut Percussion

  • 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)

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

ANU Composers Collective Seminar

  • 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:

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

Nordlig Vinter @ 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!.

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

Frost Beat (all ages)

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!

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

Frost Beat (21+)

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!

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

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

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.

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

Ensemble Metatone at You Are Here: Loner Sessions

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

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Bauhaus and Associates
Feb
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

Bauhaus and Associates

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.

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Nov
10
10:30am10:30am

Ensemble Evolution: Family Workshop

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

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