New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit

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Artists and Works - 2018

We are pleased to announce the roster of artists for the third annual NYC EIS program:

CONCERT 1: Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:00 PM

Cort Lippe and Esther Lamneck, Duo Improvisation for Tárogató and Computer

Kris Force, Diamond Body (transducer-activated cello)

Kevin Patton and Erin Rogers, Cast Down Thither (laptop, tenor saxophone)

Joe Cantrell, Blackbox Loops (feedback system for broken audio equipment)

Douglas Geers, Maja Cerar, and Esther Lamneck, Oracle (laptop, violin, tárogató)

Artist panel discussion, moderated by Adam Wilson

CONCERT 2: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:00 PM

Kristina Warren, Stochast ("Exoskeleton" controller, voice, computer)

Adam James Wilson, Plectrodon (fretless electric guitar and automatic improvisation system)

Lyn Goeringer and Chris Peck, flipper (theremin, flute, various software controllers)

Jeff Kaiser and David Borgo, KaiBorg performance (trumpet, saxophone, electronics)

Artist panel discussion, moderated by Kevin Patton

Concerts will be held on Friday, February 23, and Saturday, February 24, 2018, at New York City College of Technology's Voorhees Theater, 186 Jay Street in Brooklyn (Google map).

Concerts are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to the City Tech Foundation.

Program Notes - 2018

Duo Improvisation for Tárogató and Computer The New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit, with its focus on works for improvisational performers using interactive computer systems, is the ideal venue for Esther Lamneck and Cort Lippe to present their work. They have collaborated on interactive improvisatory works for a number of years, and have had the opportunity to present concerts of their collaborative efforts in multiple venues around the world. Esther performs on tárogató, while Cort performs on an interactive system developed during many years of working in the field of interactive music. The system tracks aspects of Esther's performance, including pitch, amplitude, timbre, articulation, tempi, etc., and makes use of this information to influence the electronic part during the performance. Musically, since there is a feedback loop between three agents—Esther, Cort, and the computer—perhaps the title should be Trio for... instead of Duo for...


Diamond Body Diamond Body is a scalable electroacoustic composition employing custom (Max/MSP) granular synthesis performed through transducer activated cello body with live performed string accompaniment. The transduced sounds and the performed sounds from the cello are combined and re-amplified with additional processing. A recording of Diamond Body appears on Tulpamancers: A Collection of Sonic Thoughtforms, Silent Records, USA, 2017.


Cast Down Thither Cast Down Thither is a series of improvisations with different musicians improvising with the BrundleFly Framework. The BrundleFly Framework is a series of DSP modules built in Max/MSP/Jitter that use a real-time analysis of performance parameters to control the operation of the different modules. The modules also operate independently through various levels of controlled randomness to challenge performers with anomaly, the unexpected, the disruptive, and the contradictory.


Blackbox Loops Blackbox Loops is an audio performance that creates evolving soundscapes using only obsolete, broken and discarded electronic equipment. The main engine of the piece originates from low-quality digital multi effects processors put into audio feedback. In this state, they generate wildly different sounds than they were initially designed to produce. The resulting sounds range from soothing drones to frenetic pulses. Being in a state of feedback also ensures that their actions are at least partially unpredictable. In his sense the performer must share agency with the objects involved with the performance, and compels a form of audio production that is cooperative with the material history of the devices and their actions.


Oracle Oracle is a trio for tárogató, violin, and computer, in which the three performers improvise within a predetermined general structure. As the piece proceeds, the computer passes through a series of states of behavior, and the performers interact with it and one another in evolving relationships and goals. The computer's output is created solely from the audio signals of the acoustic instruments.


Stochast Stochast is for vocal body & Exoskeleton, a hybrid analog-digital controller I designed and built. This piece is an exploration of the unique physical affordances of the Exoskeleton and how these may find complementary or conflicting expression in extended vocal techniques. The Exoskeleton functions by forming different bodily connections, for instance wrist to wrist, each of which closes a unique circuit, in turn varying both analog audio and digital control output. The MaxMSP patch is, obviously, largely stochastic, an attempt toward parity within the human-computer interaction. Stochast seeks new ways of understanding the timbre and temporality of the vocal body as mediated by rhythm and noise.


Plectrodon Plectrodon is the latest version of my evolving real-time human-computer improvisation system. The system incorporates a novel software component enabling the computer to improvise in the musical styles of its human collaborators. It also generates formal structures for independent musical accompaniment from the aggregate data supplied by the human performers. All of this is achieved with an adaptation of the online factor oracle algorithm, which is used to build and update automata representing all substrings of notes from the human performance—in the smallest number of states—and perform rapid pattern matching on the results to generate more or less stylistically coherent musical responses. In this instance, the system receives input from a fretless electric guitar player in real-time.


flipper Interaction with computers is at the center of this collaboration, as each of us focus on different, yet compatible, approaches to improvising with computers. In this new collaboration, we explore noise, silence, and the full continuum between supportive and antagonistic (or humorous) musical interactivity. In this performance, Chris Peck will be using computer, flute, and assorted sundries; and Lyn Goeringer on computer using alternative controllers and various sounding objects.


KaiBorg KaiBorg explores the intersections of cutting-edge computer music and contemporary improvisation. Employing custom signal processing techniques and hardware mapping strategies, the musicians perform on hybrid instruments (woodwinds and brass with electronics) that extend their acoustic sonic palettes, all without sacrificing the sense of intimacy and speed of interaction required in improvised settings. In our co-authored text, "Configurin(g) KaiBorg: Interactivity, ideology, and agency in electro-acoustic improvised music," we explore how technology is a part of our improvisations, that the computer plays a crucial role: "Configurin(g) allows us to extend this theoretical orientation further into the domain of improvised music and to shed additional light on the embodied and performative aspects that define, enable and constrain our mutually constituted relationships between bodies and machines, and between sonic, material, and social space...one does not configure something; rather, one configures and is configured in some way."

Artist Bios - 2018

David Borgo David Borgo is a saxophonist, ethnomusicologist (Ph.D., UCLA 1999), and Professor and Chair of Music at UC San Diego, where he teaches in the Integrative Studies and Jazz and Music of the African Diaspora programs. David has published widely on the social, cultural, historical and cognitive dimensions of music-making, including a book titled Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age, which won the Alan P. Merriam Prize in 2006 from the Society for Ethnomusicology. As a saxophonist, David has performed and/or studied with many jazz luminaries, including Herbie Hancock, David Liebman, Billy Higgins, Kenny Burrell, Gerald Wilson, Harold Land, David Baker, Snooky Young, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Sam Rivers, John Tchicai, Anthony Davis, and Mark Dresser. With his own ensembles David has toured in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, and he has released ten albums of original music. In addition to performing electro-acoustic improvisation with KaiBorg (kaiborg.com), David co-leads Kronomorfic (kronomorfic.com), an ensemble of forward-thinking musicians that creates "complex, unorthodox, and unpredictable" music full of layered meters and polyrhythms that is "cutting-edge yet wildly accessible."


Joe Cantrell Joe Cantrell is a digital artist and researcher specializing in sound art, installations, and performances inspired by the implications of technological objects and practices, investigating the incessant acceleration of technological production, ownership, and obsolescence. He has presented, performed, and installed his work in numerous venues in the US and abroad, and has been honored with grants by New Music USA, the Creative Capital foundation, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, and the Qualcomm Institute Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences, among others. Joe holds a BFA in music technology from Cal Arts, an MFA in digital arts and new media from UC Santa Cruz, and a PhD in music from UC San Diego.


Maja Cerar Violinist Maja Cerar's repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the present, and her stage experience includes performances with live electronics as well as theater and dance.
Since her debut in the Zürich Tonhalle in 1991, she has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras and given recitals with distinguished artists. She has played at festivals such as the Davos "Young Artist in Concert," Gidon Kremer's Lockenhaus Festival, the ISCM World Music Days in Ljubljana, the ICMC (Singapore, Barcelona, New York, Texas), SEAMUS (Texas, Arizona, Florida), the "Viva Vivaldi" festival in Mexico City, and numerous others. In 2016, she was the featured performer at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, an event of the New York Philharmonic Biennial.
Her collaborative works have been featured at the "Re:New Frontiers of Creativity" symposium celebrating the 250th anniversary of Columbia University and "LITSK" festival at Princeton University. In 2007 she was an invited performer at the SIGGRAPH multimedia conference/festival in San Diego. Since 2014 she has also created her own works, fostered by The Tribeca Film Institute's "Tribeca Hacks" and by the Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival, involving robotics and wearable motion sensors.
Maja Cerar has premiered and recorded numerous works written for and dedicated to her. She has worked with many composers, including Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Sebastian Currier, R. Luke DuBois, Beat Furrer, Elizabeth Hoffman, György Kurtág, Alvin Lucier, Katharine Norman, Yoshiaki Onishi, Morton Subotnick, and John Zorn.
She graduated with honors from the Zürich-Winterthur Conservatory, and earned a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Columbia University, where she is currently a member of the Music performance faculty. www.majacerar.com


Kris Force Kris Force is a composer, improviser and performer of electroacoustic music, and a new media artist living and working in the San Francisco bay area. Kris works as a solo artist and collaborator with select groups and individuals. She is an award-winning sound designer for all types of media. Her work utilizes forms including sound, installation, drawing, painting, performance, video art and new media. In her practice, the transformation of media characteristics through processes of decay, duplication, juxtaposition, materiality, signal and transmission, and the possibility of capturing the liminal moment of transformation, is an ongoing pursuit. Kris is interested in the medium taking on its own intelligence, apart from her creation, thereby employing data streams, living signals, sympathetic resonances, generative algorithms and self-realizing systems.


Douglas Geers Douglas Geers is an Associate Professor of Music at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, where he is Director of the Center for Computer Music and Director of the MFA program in Sonic Arts. As a composer, Geers uses technology in all of his works, including concert music, installations, and large multimedia theater works. He also performs as an improviser, playing laptop and homemade electronic instruments. Geer' music has been performed and installations exhibited in a wide range of venues across the world and on a wide range of concerts and festivals. Groups that have performed Geer' music include Ensemble Fa, Speculum Musicae, Ensemble Pi, the NODUS Ensemble, The Radio-Television Orchestra of Slovenia, the Princeton University Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), the Verge Ensemble, the NEXt Ens, Miolina, Zeitgeist, The New York University New Music Ensemble, Choral Chameleon, and the Dessoff Choirs. Performers include Esther Lamneck, Blair McMillen, Madeleine Shapiro, Keith Kirchoff, Maja Cerar, Jinsoo Lim, Lisa Bahn, Saul Bitran, Jed Distler, Kamala Sankaram, Shiau-uen Ding, Darryn Zimmer, Matthew Polashek, and Greg Beyer. For more information, please see http://www.dgeers.com.


Lyn Goeringer Lyn Goeringer is a sound artist who works with video, sound, and light. She creates video art for gallery installation, improvised live performance, and dance. Her work is often playful but complex, engaging with everyday objects towards abstract results. Her academic research interests engage with sound, power, infrastructure, space, place, and the everyday. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and the Film Studies Program in the English Department at Michigan State University.


Jeff Kaiser Jeff Kaiser is a trumpet player, composer, conductor, music technologist and scholar living in Warrensburg, Missouri. Classically trained as a trumpet player, Kaiser now views his traditional instrument as hybrid with new technology (in the form of software and hardware interfaces) that he creates for his dynamic and adventurous performances and recordings. He gains inspiration and ideas from the intersections of experimental composition and improvisation and the timbral and formal affordances provided by combining traditional instruments with emerging technologies. The roots of his music are firmly in the experimental traditions within jazz, improvised and Western art music practices. Kaiser considers his art audio-centric, but he also works with live video, tracking and interactive technologies. He is Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Composition at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), and has taught an incredibly wide variety of classes: including ethnomusicology, interactive arts technology and digital audio composition, among others at UCM, University of San Diego, University of California San Diego, University of California Irvine and Mira Costa College. Kaiser has a strong interest in digital humanities and was in the working group for digital humanities at University of San Diego and an original member of the NEH sponsored group for digital humanities pedagogy in San Diego. Kaiser worked to develop the arts entrepreneurship minor at the University of San Diego. He is the former Director of Development for the Center for World Music.


Esther Lamneck The New York Times calls Esther Lamneck "an astonishing virtuoso." She has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras, with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, with renowned chamber music artists and an international roster of musicians from the new music improvisation scene. A versatile performer and an advocate of contemporary music, she is known for her work with electronic media including interactive arts, movement, dance and improvisation. Ms. Lamneck makes frequent solo appearances on clarinet and the tárogató at music festivals worldwide including ICMC, (International Computer Music Conference), SEAMUS, (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) NYCEMF, (New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival), Il Corpo, La luce, Il Suono, and the Diffrazioni Festival. Many of her solo and Duo CDs feature improvisation and electronic music and include "Cigar Smoke," "Tárogató," "Winds of the Heart," "Genoa Sound Cards," "Stato Liquido," etc. Numerous performances have been selected for the SEAMUS CD Series. Computer Music Journal calls her "the consummate improvisor." Dr. Lamneck is a full professor at New York University's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and is artistic director of the NYU New Music Ensemble, an improvising flexible group that works in electronic settings using both fixed media and real-time sound and video processing. http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty/Esther_Lamneck


Cort Lippe Cort Lippe studied composition and computer music with Larry Austin; followed composition seminars with various composers including Boulez, Donatoni, K. Huber, Messiaen, Penderecki, Stockhausen, and Xenakis; spent three years at the Institute of Sonology, working with G.M. Koenig and Paul Berg; worked three years at Xenakis' studio CEMAMu, while following Xenakis' courses on acoustics and formalized music at the University of Paris; and was employed for nine years at IRCAM, where he gave courses on new technology in composition, developed real-time computer music applications, and was part of the original development team for the software Max. His research includes more than 35 peer-reviewed publications on interactive music, granular sampling, score following, spectral processing, FFT-based spatial distribution/delay, acoustic instrument parameter mapping, and instrument design. His compositions, recorded on more than 30 CDs, have received numerous international prizes, been performed at major festivals worldwide, and written for many internationally acclaimed new music soloists and ensembles. He has been a regular visiting professor at universities/conservatories in Japan, Denmark, Greece, Mexico and the USA. In 2009 he was a recipient of a Fulbright Award, and spent six months at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Since 1994 he has taught in the Department of Music of the University at Buffalo, where he is an associate professor of composition and director of the Lejaren Hiller Computer Music Studios. https://www.cortlippe.com


Kevin Patton Kevin Patton (PhD) is an artist, scholar, and technologist whose primary mode of making is through creating interactive systems. He is active in the fields of multimedia theatre, experimental music, collaborative design, and interactive art. Kevin is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design at the Corcoran School of the Arts at the George Washington University.


Chris Peck Chris Peck is a composer, computer musician, and improviser who often collaborates with artists in contemporary dance and theater. Current projects include music for LA-based choreographer Milka Djordjevich's Anthem, which will have its New York premiere at the Chocolate Factory Theater in May, and New Joy, a new music-theater work with choreographer Eleanor Bauer, which will premiere at Schauspielhaus Bochum in 2019. Peck also performs as an improviser with Jon Moniaci and Stephen Rush under the name Crystal Mooncone. The trio's fifth album, Listening Beam Five, is now available from Innova Recordings.


Erin Rogers Erin Rogers is a saxophonist, composer, and performance artist based in New York City. She has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, Music-On-The-Edge (Pittsburgh), the Edmonton Fringe Festival, and the Park Avenue Armory with ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, wildUp, and Music for Copland House. She is co-artistic director of theatrically-charged ensemble, thingNY, experimental duo Popebama, New Thread Saxophone Quartet, and HYPERCUBE, a mixed quartet specializing in "fearless and flawless" performances (Sequenza 21). Her work has crossed genres from theatre-to-installation-to-silence, through collaborations with Orange Theatre, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Harvestworks, and Music for Contemplation. As composer and performer, she has been featured on the Ecstatic Music Festival, Prototype Festival, and Splice Festival with an upcoming commission on the 2018 MATA Festival. http://www.erinmrogers.com


Kristina Warren Kristina Warren (http://kmwarren.org) is an acoustic and multimedia composer, improviser, and researcher based in Providence RI [US]. Motivated by the unique intersections of noise and listening, Warren's work takes many forms, including electronic/vocal performance, novel analog/digital instruments, compositions for/with chamber ensembles, and scholarship on gender in electronic music. Her work has been programmed at events such as the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition [US], Espace des arts sans frontières [FR], ICMC [GR, NL], ISSTA [IE], Mise-En Music Festival [US], NYCEMF [US], and TENOR [ES], and performed by ensembles such as Chartreuse, Dither, Ekmeles, JACK Quartet, loadbang, Meehan / Perkins Duo, Sō Percussion, and Third Coast Percussion. She has been selected as a PEO Scholar Award recipient (2016), an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2016), and a finalist in the American Composers Forum National Composition Contest (2014). Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Electronic Music & Multimedia at Brown University, Warren holds a PhD in Composition & Computer Technologies from University of Virginia (2017) and a BA in Music Composition from Duke University (2011).


Adam James Wilson Adam James Wilson is a composer, guitarist, and software developer who programs computers to improvise with human musicians. His work incorporates music information retrieval, algorithmic music composition, and data sonification. Wilson performs with his software experiments on the fretless electric guitar, an instrument that caters to his penchant for microtonality. He has performed/presented his work in Tokyo, New York, Paris, Montreal, San Diego, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Belfast, Palo Alto, and elsewhere. Wilson co-founded and serves as director of the New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit, an annual concert series featuring music by artists focused on the integration of music improvisation and real-time interactive computer systems. He is currently Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Technology, specializing in Music Technology and Media Computation, at New York City College of Technology (CUNY City Tech).

Administrators - 2018

Lauren Hayes, Ph.D, Arizona State University — submission evaluator

Kevin Patton, Ph.D, George Washington University — submission evaluator, NYC EIS co-founder

Adam Wilson, Ph.D, New York City College of Technology — submission evaluator, NYC EIS co-founder, director

About NYC EIS

The New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit is a concert series featuring music by artists focused on the integration of music improvisation and real-time interactive computer systems.

NYC EIS is made possible by faculty, staff, and students in the Emerging Media Technology and Entertainment Technology programs at CUNY's New York City College of Technology.

Read about NYC EIS in the 2017 issue of Array, the journal of the International Computer Music Association: click here for Eric Lyon's review of NYC EIS 2016, and here for the complete issue.

program notes | artist bios | administrators | about NYC EIS

Artists and Works - 2017

We are pleased to announce the roster of artists and works for the second annual NYC EIS program:

CONCERT 1: Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:00 PM

Kevin Patton and Jaimie Branch, Cast Down Thither (laptop and trumpet)

Jonghyun Kim, Performance for Leap Motion Controller and Granular Synthesis

Lauren Sarah Hayes, Riot Map Vision (hybrid analog/digital performance system)

Kerry Hagan and Miller Puckette, Hack Lumps (networked laptop improvisation system)

Artist panel discussion, moderated by Adam Wilson

CONCERT 2: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

Thomas Ciufo and Curtis Bahn, Sonic Constructions (hybrid acoustic/electronic instruments)

Nick Demopoulos, Archeon Eon ("Smomid" and "Pyramidi" invented electronic instruments)

Adam James Wilson, Skronkbot (fretless electric guitar and automatic improvisation system)

Doug Van Nort, Solo Improvisation with GREIS (tablet controller and GREIS improvisation system)

Jeff Kaiser, ZEITNOT (Bb trumpet, quartertone trumpet, flugelhorn, interactive audio software)

Artist panel discussion, moderated by Kevin Patton

Concerts will be held on Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, 2017, at New York City College of Technology's Voorhees Theater, 186 Jay Street in Brooklyn (Google map).

Concerts are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to the City Tech Foundation.

Program Notes - 2017

Cast Down Thither Cast Down Thither is an improvised duet between trumpeter Jaimie Branch and Kevin Patton steering the BrundleFly Framework. The BrundleFly Framework is a series of DSP modules built in Max/ MSP/Jitter that use a real-time analysis of Jaimie's performance to control the parameters of the different DSP modules. The modules also operate independently through various levels of controlled randomness to challenge Jaimie with anomaly, the unexpected, the disruptive, and the contradictory.


Performance for Leapmotion and Granular Synthesis Motion-controlled granular synthesis using Leapmotion. The granular synthesizer was programmed in Puredata. The performer swings his hands in the 3D axis above the Leapmotion controller. The aim of this piece is discovering new spatial sounds with the motion-tracking sensor.


Riot Map Vision This improvisation was formed out of a playful exploration of my most recent hybrid analogue/digital performance system. An excessive number of components mutually affect each other through a network of sound analysis and DSP. Engaging with different parts of the instrument through a game controller, I bring a sense of immediacy into my hands: the slightest movement may trigger a mechanical relay bank, which in turn may activate digital processes.


Hack Lumps Hack Lumps is an improvised duo with three unstable oscillators, 72 stochastic samplers and two loudspeakers, which form a single musical system, in which one player's influence is gestural and the other's textural. These opposing origins combine to form an intricate, inter-related instrument. Built into this instrument is a moderate degree of unpredictability and instability, so the musicians are also contending with the dynamics of the system itself. The instrument variably lends itself to making large formal shapes and disruptive, unexpected discontinuities.


Sonic Constructions Sonic Constructions is an improvisational electronic music performance by composer-improvisers Curtis Bahn and Thomas Ciufo, who design, build, and perform on computer extended instruments. This performance project has developed around a gestural and sonic language that explores the expressive capabilities of a range of custom build, hybrid acoustic/electronic instruments. Utilizing a variety of physical interfaces and signal processing techniques, these constructed/composed instruments extend acoustic sound sources and location specific field recordings through real-time computer processing and sonic transformation. Custom instruments developed by Bahn and Ciufo include the eSitar, eDilruba, the eighth nerve hybrid electric guitar, the prepared physical / digital piano, as well as a collection of flutes and percussive objects.


Archeon Eon Archeon Eon is a piece named after and inspired by the period in Earth's history 4 to 2.5 billion years ago when some believe life came into existence. This piece is performed on electronic instruments called "Smomid" and "Pyramidi" that were designed and built by Nick Demopoulos. The Smomid is an instrument that allows a guitar player to interface with interactive computer music software. In this piece, the melodic content played by the instrumentalist is analyzed and used to generate harmonies and a bass voice. Rhythmic elements of the piece are constantly varied and shifted using several processes that periodically displace voices across several axes.


Skronkbot Skronkbot is the latest version of my evolving real-time human-computer improvisation system. The system incorporates a novel software component enabling the computer to improvise in the musical styles of its human collaborators. It also generates formal structures for independent musical accompaniment from the aggregate data supplied by the human performers. All of this is achieved with an adaptation of the online factor oracle algorithm, which is used to build and update automata representing all substrings of notes from the human performance—in the smallest number of states—and perform rapid pattern matching on the results to generate more or less stylistically coherent musical responses. In this instance, the system receives input from a fretless electric guitar player in real-time.


Solo Improvisation with GREIS The latest evolution in my electroacoustic improvisation practice using my GREIS system. The practice centers on live sculptural (granular, additive, vocoder, source-filter, concatenative/mosaicing) transformation of both incoming signals as well as a growing array of field recordings, ranging from environmental and machinic sounds to recorded acoustic instruments. The system acts as a mirroring partner, re-presenting past content in an altered state and forcing me to react in the moment.


ZEITNOT The music in this work furthers my development of software for live improvisation, creating a hybrid sonic environment of human, trumpet, software and space. The majority of sounds you hear are created live with my trumpet and voice and then processed by software I author in Max. Other sounds you hear include selections from a sample library I have been creating by recording the trumpet while it is not being played in the traditional fashion: the sound of air escaping from slides, valves descending and ascending, pipes and bells being struck and plucked. These libraries are accessed by rhythm and pitch generators that provide a context for live improvisation. The processing of the live sound—and triggering of sample library events—is interactive through the use of pitch and dynamic followers, onset detection, and through the software itself making decisions by a variety of probability gates.

Artist Bios - 2017

Curtis Bahn Curtis Bahn is an improvising composer involved in relationships of body, gesture, technology and sound. He holds a PhD in music composition from Princeton University, and studies Hindustani classical music as a formal disciple of acclaimed sitarist, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. He has taught at Columbia University, Brown, NYU, Princeton and CUNY. His music has been presented internationally at venues including Lincoln Center, Sadler's Wells—London, Palais Garnier—Paris, Grand Theatre de la Ville—Luxembourg, as well as numerous festivals, small clubs and academic conferences. He has worked with the Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham Dance Companies. Curtis recently was named the Ralph Samuelson Fellow through the Asian Cultural Council, receiving a grant to study and collaborate with artists in India.


Jaimie Branch In a generation crowded with trumpet talent, Jaimie Branch has emerged in recent years as a unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part. At times fierce and direct, her scintillating tone also has the ability to ignite music from within while propelling a group organically. In 2015, Branch exploded onto the New York scene, quickly building associations with many of the other key innovators such as Brandon Lopez, Shayna Dulburger, Chris Welcome, Sam Weinberg, Chris Pitsiokos, Max Johnson, Kevin Shea, Jason Ajemian, Weasel Walter, Jason Nazary, Nathanial Morgan, Mike Pride, and Chad Taylor (attr: jazzrightnow.com).


Thomas Ciufo Thomas Ciufo is a sound artist, composer, improviser, and researcher working at the intersections of electroacoustic performance, interactive instrument design, sonic art and emerging digital technologies. He holds a PhD in Computer Music and New Media from Brown University. International festival presentations or performances include Visiones Sonoras in Mexico City, the Enaction in Arts Conference in France, the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference (Vancouver, Genoa, Montreal and Ann Arbor) as well as numerous conference presentations for the International Computer Music Society and International Society for Improvised Music.


Nick Demopoulos Nick Demopoulos is a performer, composer, and instrument builder. As a guitarist he worked with NEA Jazz master Chico Hamilton from 2008 to 2013 and recorded on the albums The Inquiring Mind, Revelation, and Euphoric. He also released several recordings with Exegesis, a group that mixes jazz and electronic music. In 2008, Exegesis traveled on behalf of the State Department to conduct cultural diplomacy and perform in Bahrain, Yemen; Oman, U.A.E; and Kuwait. Other artists he has worked with include choreographer Camille Brown, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, George Bohannon, Jimmy Owens, Don Mckenzie, Willie Jones the 3rd, and Intra Faction. Nick's current primary pursuit is performing with his String Modeling MIDI Device (Smomid), a guitar-like interface, and Pyramidi, a triangular MIDI interface resembling a console—instruments that he designed and built. In January 2015 he released his first full-length album of music created only with Smomid and Pyramidi instruments, called Rhythms of Light. With his Smomid, Nick has been featured on the Discovery Science Network, Guitar World, Create Digital Music, Metal Injection and Popular Noise Magazine, among others.


Kerry Hagan Kerry Hagan is a composer and researcher working in both acoustic and computer media. She develops real-time methods for spatialization and stochastic algorithms for musical practice. Her work endeavours to achieve aesthetic and philosophical aims while taking inspiration from mathematical and natural processes. In this way, each work combines art with science and technology from various domains. Her works have been performed in San Diego, Belfast, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Perth and elsewhere.
In 2010, Hagan led a group of practitioners to form the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association, where she served as President until 2015. Currently, Hagan is a Lecturer at the University of Limerick, Ireland in the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre. She is the Principal Investigator for the Spatialization and Auditory Display Environment (SpADE).


Lauren Sarah Hayes Lauren Sarah Hayes is a musician and sound artist who builds and performs with hybrid analogue/digital instruments. She is currently Assistant Professor of Sound Studies within the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University. Her research explores new strategies for live electronic performance by investigating the performer's physical relationship with the digital realm. Her music lies somewhere between free improv, experimental pop, techno, and noise. She also composes haptic music that can be experienced as vibration throughout the body, and enjoys performing in unusual locations.
Lauren has written about embodied music cognition, enactive approaches to digital instrument design, and haptic technologies (Contemporary Music Review, Organised Sound). She is a regular improviser, enjoying a wide range of collaborators, and for over a decade has given multisensory workshops for various groups, including those with sensory impairment, learning difficulties, and autism. Her person-centered approaches often result in custom built instruments designed specifically for a user. She is an associate of the New Radiophonic Workshop.


Jeff Kaiser Jeff Kaiser is a trumpet player, composer, conductor, music technologist and scholar living in Warrensburg, Missouri. Classically trained as a trumpet player, Kaiser now views his traditional instrument as hybrid with new technology (in the form of software and hardware interfaces) that he creates for his dynamic and adventurous performances and recordings. He gains inspiration and ideas from the intersections of experimental composition and improvisation and the timbral and formal affordances provided by combining traditional instruments with emerging technologies. The roots of his music are firmly in the experimental traditions within jazz, improvised and Western art music practices. Kaiser considers his art audio-centric, but he also works with live video, tracking and interactive technologies. He is Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Composition at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), and has taught an incredibly wide variety of classes: including ethnomusicology, interactive arts technology and digital audio composition, among others at UCM, University of San Diego, University of California San Diego, University of California Irvine and Mira Costa College. Kaiser has a strong interest in digital humanities and was in the working group for digital humanities at University of San Diego and an original member of the NEH sponsored group for digital humanities pedagogy in San Diego. Kaiser worked to develop the arts entrepreneurship minor at the University of San Diego. He is the former Director of Development for the Center for World Music.


Jonghyun Kim Jonghyun Kim studied composition, piano, and computer programming at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg. His pieces have been performed in New York (USA), University of North Texas (USA), Griffith University (Australia), ZKM (Germany), Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Musikhochschule Freiburg, and accepted at several international computer music festivals, such as ICMC 2015, Nime 2016, Linux Audio Conference 2015. Currently, he is teaching computer music and composition at the Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Kaywon University of Art & Design in Gyeonggi-do, Chonbuk National University in Jeonju.


Kevin Patton Kevin Patton (PhD) is an artist, scholar, and technologist whose primary mode of making is through creating interactive systems. He is active in the fields of multimedia theatre, experimental music, collaborative design, and interactive art. Kevin is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design at the Corcoran School of the Arts at the George Washington University.


Miller Puckette Miller Puckette is known as the creator of the Max and Pure Data real-time computer music software environments, which are taught and used by electronic musicians and artists worldwide. Originally a mathematician, he won the Putnam mathematics competition in 1979 and received a PhD from Harvard University in 1986. He was a researcher at the MIT Media lab from its inception until 1986, then at IRCAM (Paris, France), and is now professor of music at the University of California, San Diego. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia University and at the Technical University of Berlin.
Puckette performs with the Convolution Brothers and in a duo with Juliana Snapper, and has performed in concert music by composers Rand Steiger, Philippe Manoury, and Pierre Boulez, in venues including the Ojai Music festival, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Centre Acantes, and Carnegie Hall. He has been awarded two honorary degrees and the SEAMUS prize.


Doug Van Nort Doug Van Nort is a sonic artist/researcher whose work is concerned with the complex and embodied nature of listening, improvisation both with and by machines, the phenomenology of time consciousness and of collective co-creation. His research takes the form of scholarly writings on these phenomena, composed and improvised electroacoustic music, pieces of sound-focused art and software artifacts designed and developed in these pursuits. Van Nort's work is a synthesis of his background in mathematics, media arts, music composition and performance; in recent years he has a growing engagement with teaching courses and workshops that combine this set of experiences with his unique take on Deep Listening practice, in which he is a certified instructor. Van Nort is currently a Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor at York University in Toronto, while also working as an Assistant Editor for the Computer Music Journal (MIT Press).


Adam James Wilson Adam James Wilson is a composer, guitarist, and software developer who programs computers to improvise with human musicians. His work incorporates music information retrieval, algorithmic music composition, and data sonification. Wilson performs with his software experiments on the fretless electric guitar, an instrument that caters to his penchant for microtonality. He has performed/presented his work in Tokyo, New York, Paris, Montreal, San Diego, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Belfast, Palo Alto, and elsewhere. Wilson co-founded and serves as director of the New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit, an annual concert series featuring music by artists focused on the integration of music improvisation and real-time interactive computer systems. He is currently Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Technology, specializing in Music Technology and Media Computation, at New York City College of Technology (CUNY City Tech).

Administrators - 2017

Heidi Boisvert, Ph.D, New York City College of Technology — submission evaluator

Kevin Patton, Ph.D, George Washington University — submission evaluator, NYC EIS co-founder

Adam Wilson, Ph.D, New York City College of Technology — submission evaluator, NYC EIS co-founder, director

About NYC EIS

The New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit is a concert series featuring music by artists focused on the integration of music improvisation and real-time interactive computer systems.

NYC EIS is made possible by faculty, staff, and students in the Emerging Media Technology and Entertainment Technology programs at CUNY's New York City College of Technology.

Read about NYC EIS in the 2017 issue of Array, the journal of the International Computer Music Association: click here for Eric Lyon's review of NYC EIS 2016, and here for the complete issue.

program notes | artist bios | administrators | about NYC EIS

Artists and Works - 2016

We are pleased to announce the roster of artists and works for the inaugural NYC EIS concert program:

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The concert will take place at 6:00 PM on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at New York City College of Technology's Voorhees Theater, 186 Jay Street in Brooklyn (Google map).

Concerts are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to the City Tech Foundation.

Program Notes - 2016

500 Great Things about Wichita This piece uses flexible formal structures and controlled improvisation. The flexibility allows the performer to shape the form and content of the resultant work. During the performance, the computer records and manipulates the performer's input and uses these materials to accompany or disrupt the later sections of the work. The piece was commissioned by Brandon Bell as part of a 2014 Presser Graduate Music Award from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.


Clip Mouth Unit Clip Mouth Unit is an ongoing duo project of Dafna Naphtali and Jen Baker (live sound-processing/electronics/voice and trombone/multiphonics/voice). After improvising/performing together for several years, including a presentation at 2014 ISIM (International Society of Improvising Musicians Conference), the duo have created a unique set of open-form compositions/improvisation environments for their multi-faceted performance concept, merging electroacoustics, multiphonics and extended techniques. The duo has enjoyed specifically working on open-form pieces (deck of cards, inspired by Stockhausen's original scoring for Stimmung) addressing all of those music possibilities in conjunction with true experimentation with sound-processing-as-musical-instrument. This evolving deck of cards contains improvisation behaviors, notated themes, simple gestures/suggestions, and scenarios of overlap and juxtapositions of acoustic/electric and extended techniques.


Parallel Noise Construction Since 2009, I have applied the process of articulated noise to instrumental improvisation. This is implemented with Max patches on multiple computers connected on a local WiFi network, which generate correlated random instructions for each instrumentalist. The resulting noise-guided improvisation sequence is different for each performance. Parallel Noise Construction takes this process one step further by randomly generating both the instructions for instrumental improvisation and a randomly organized DSP configuration for each violinist.


A Bird Escaped From the Snare of its Fowler A Bird Escaped From the Snare of its Fowler is an improvisation between saxophonist Nikki D'Agostino and the BrundleFly Framework. The BrundleFly Framework is a series of DSP modules built in Max/MSP/Jitter that use a real-time analysis of Nikki's performance to control the parameters of the different modules. The modules also operate independently through various levels of controlled randomness to challenge Nikki with anomaly, the unexpected, the disruptive, and the contradictory.


Eighteen Eighteen is the latest version of my evolving real-time human-computer improvisation system. The system incorporates a novel software component enabling the computer to improvise in the musical styles of its human collaborators. It also generates formal structures for independent musical accompaniment from the aggregate data supplied by the human performers. All of this is achieved with an adaptation of the online factor oracle algorithm, which is used to build and update automata representing all substrings of notes from the human performance—in the smallest number of states—and perform rapid pattern matching on the results to generate more or less stylistically coherent musical responses. In this instance, the system receives input from a fretless electric guitar and a Haken Continuum fingerboard, played by myself and Arto Artinian, respectively.


Tattoo of a Gesture In 2013, percussionist Patti Cudd asked me to write her a piece that could travel well and used her twenty-inch bendir as a focal point. This constraint dictated the orchestration—a small bongo rounds out the membraneaphones while elephant bells, singing bowls and cymbals create a metallic orchestra. Inspired by the range of sounds Xenakis and Gordon were able to coax out of simple 2x4's, I included three slats of wood cut to fit the dimensions of her suitcase with various treatments including moleskin, sandpaper, and drilled holes. A number of striking and muting implements allow me to generate a wide variety of sounds and textures from this small set of instruments that are then processed and augmented by the electronics.
The piece has 9 movements: I gave Patti ten English phrases, she chose one for the title and ordered the remaining nine. Each of the movements uses the same processing techniques in the same order, although they can be compressed to 1.5 minutes or develop over 6.5 minutes. These fixed positions define the form, but the live percussion projects through these potentialities in very different ways. The first step of the processing acts almost like a sieve—only allowing certain sets of frequencies or dynamics at specific times in to be analyzed and manipulated by the computer. In this way, each movement shows a different angle to the piece; the whole is only suggested, heard behind a tattered veil. Notation for each of the movements varies wildly, some are textual improvisation instructions, others are done in graphic notation, while still others are rigorously notated in rhythms I expect the performer to attempt to play accurately while not expecting them to be able to do so.
The piece also exists as shorter paths through the movements in order to make it more flexible for concert presentation. The entire piece is almost forty minutes, but three of the four alternate paths are under ten minutes.
My good friend David Wetzel realized the electronic portion using his Interactive Event Manager (IEM), a scriptable, modular environment for interactive computer music. I designed the electronics knowing the capabilities of his system. Many thanks to Christopher Howard, a doctoral percussion student at Stony Brook University, who helped with the development of the percussion mechanics and techniques.


Solo for Voice and Computer Solo for Voice and Computer is a new improvisatory work for voice and computer. I am a vocalist (countertenor) who specializes in performing with extended vocal techniques. The work includes several computer processes that will transform the voice into electro-acoustic textures, upon which I sing, reacting in an improvisatory fashion to the computer-generated textures.

Artist Bios - 2016

Arto Artinian Originally from Bulgaria, Arto Artinian began his formal music training as a child in Plovdiv at the prestigious Dobrin Petkov National School of Music and Dance. He later studied music composition at the Eastman School of Music and computer and experimental music at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he met long-time collaborator and close friend Adam James Wilson. He plays the flute, and more recently, the Haken Continuum fingerboard. His playing is influenced by Bulgarian folk music, the Sun Ra Arkestra, 1970s Miles Davis, and '90s punk and grunge music. Dr. Artinian currently resides in New York City, where he teaches political philosophy at Borough of Manhattan Community College.


Jen Baker Trombonist Jen Baker is a new music specialist and has performed internationally in ensembles spanning symphonic music and free improvisation. Baker's solo multiphonic project, Lyrical Vibrations, has been performed around the country, including at the 2008 ISIM conference in Denver, and can also be heard on her solo album, Blue Dreams. An active commissioner of new solo works for trombone, she is currently performing transcriptions of her own improvisations and collaborating with other composers as part of her ongoing vision to improve the repertoire for solo trombone.


Brandon Bell Houston-based percussionist Brandon Bell is active as a performer and educator. He is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, where he is the Malcolm W. Perkins Teaching Fellow, and is curator of the New Art/New Music series at the Rice Gallery. A fierce advocate of the music of our time, Bell used the 2014 Presser Graduate Music Award to fund Plugged In, a commissioning project that resulted in five new works for solo percussion and interactive technologies. He has also performed electronic works at numerous conventions and festivals, including PASIC, Electric LaTex, Null Point, Root Signals, Houston Fringe Festival, and ICMC. In addition, Bell produced and performed in the Houston premieres of John Luther Adams' Inuksuit, and Michael Gordon's Timber. In addition to performing, Bell has also taught at numerous Houston-area colleges and universities, including Rice University, Lone Star College-Cyfair, and Sam Houston State University, where he served as the acting director of percussion studies as a sabbatical replacement during the spring 2015 semester. As a young artist with Da Camera for two seasons, Bell worked with hundreds of children in elementary schools throughout Houston. A native of Buffalo, New York, Bell received a Master of Music degree from Rice University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He spends his summers in Aspen, Colorado, where he is the percussion manager of the Aspen Music Festival and School.


Paul Botelho Paul J. Botelho is a composer, performer, developer, and artist whose work includes a series of one-act operas, acoustic and electro-acoustic music, multimedia installation pieces, visual art works, and vocal improvisation. He performs as a vocalist primarily with extended technique and incorporates the voice into many of his pieces. His work has been performed, presented, and exhibited in concerts, festivals, galleries, and museums across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Botelho received an M.F.A. and Ph.D. in Music Composition from Princeton University, an M.A. in Electro-Acoustic Music from Dartmouth College, and a B.F.A. in Contemporary Music Performance and Composition from the College of Santa Fe. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University where he teaches music composition.


Nikki D'Agostino An award-winning "wildly creative" composer, musician, conductor, educator, and multi-disciplinary artist, Nikki D'Agostino has both performed and had her works performed nationally and internationally. She received her B.A. from The University of North Texas in 2004 after studying with Joseph Klein, Phil Winsor, and Joseph "Butch" Rovan, before pursuing her M.M. in Music Composition (2008) at CUNY Brooklyn College to study with Amnon Wolman and George Brunner. Currently, Ms. D'Agostino is focused on publishing a book of scores and recording an album of works using a notation system she developed to allow both performer and composer/conductor creative control. As a "beautifully brash" saxophonist, synthesizer enthusiast, and sound artist, Ms. D'Agostino performs actively in the NYC music scene in several groups ranging in style from indie pop to harsh noise.


Pauline Kim Harris Pauline Kim Harris is a Grammy-nominated artist who engages in music from classical to the experimental/avant-garde. Since recording John Zorn's tour de force solo violin work Passagen for Tzadik in 2012, choreographer Pam Tanowitz created a duet named after the piece with Pauline playing onstage. Premiered at the Joyce Theater in 2013, it was also presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Chicago Dance Company. As the first violinist of the Alchemy String Quartet, she completed a European tour in the "Zorn @60" concerts in London, Gent, North Sea and Warsaw, as well as at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Miller Theater and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. She is member of the S.E.M Ensemble, Ostravska Banda, OBSq, Ensemble LPR, the Wordless Music Orchestra and the "enterprising violin duo" String Noise. Pauline has been a guest artist with many of the leading new music ensembles to include Talea, Argento, Transit, Ensemble Signal and Alarm Will Sound and has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. As Music Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, she toured the US, Germany, France and Holland as well as performing with the Orion String Quartet at The Joyce Theater for the 30th Year Anniversary Celebration. As a soloist, Pauline has performed in the LIVE screening of There Will Be Blood with Jonny Greenwood and the Wordless Music Orchestra at the United Palace Theatre in New York City, presented the Southeast Asian Premiere of John Zorn's Contes De Fees with the Thailand Philharmonic at TICF, and gave the Czech premiere of Helmut Oehring's Vier Jahreszeiten with Ostravska Band at Ostrava New Music Days. Pauline is the featured soloist in Petr Kotik's opera MASTER-PIECES and is the founding member of "Holographic," an electroacoustic multimedia work by Daniel Wohl, co-commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music, Mass MoCA and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Husband Conrad Harris and Pauline curated Drawing Sound: Part II at the Drawing Center - a three night mini-festival featuring artists Alvin Lucier, Greg Saunier and Jad Fair. A collaborative work with sound artist Gordon Monahan, A Note And Its Lifetime featuring Pauline was installed on the Floating Library in NYC on the Hudson River (Pier 25) aboard the Lilac Museum Steamship. STRING NOISE: THE BOOK OF STRANGE POSITIONS was released on Northern Spy Records on November 27, 2015, available world-wide showcasing original compositions and punk rock arrangements by Eric Lyon showcasing songs by Deerhoof, Violent Femmes, Radiohead, Black Flag, Bad Brains and Half Japanese. Pauline's first feature album /SHä'kôn/ will highlight new works inspired by Bach's Chaconne. Pauline Kim Harris was a member in the final masterclass of Jascha Heifetz.


Christopher Howard Christopher Howard is a percussionist from St. Louis, Missouri who is currently based in Long Island. He enjoys exploring a wide range of musical styles with many different groups. He has performed in New York City with Iktus Percussion Group and the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, with a focus on electro-acoustic works that include performances at conferences such as the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, Machine Fantasies, and the New York City Electronic Music Festival. He has played jazz and explored free improvisation with world-renowned trombonist Ray Anderson and others around the Long Island area. He has also performed, toured, and recorded with the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band multiple times in Europe. This varied background has made him a versatile musician interested in crossing the boundaries between these many different genres. Chris has a BM in Percussion Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he studied with Nick Petrella, and is currently working on his DMA at SUNY Stony Brook under Eduardo Leandro, where he also received his Masters Degree.


Dafna Naphtali Dafna Naphtali is a versatile sound-artist/singer/guitarist/electronic-musician and performer/composer. Active since the mid-90's in experimental music, contemporary classical and improvised music, she uses her custom Max/MSP programming for sound processing of voice and other instruments. Besides her work in electro-acoustic improvisation, she has written works for vocal sextet and electronics, interactive Disklavier piano, and the LEMUR music robots. As performer, she interprets the music of Cage, Stockhausen (Stimmung), and contemporary composers. She founded the digital chamber punk trio "What is it Like to be a Bat?" with Kitty Brazelton (Tzadik).


Eric Lyon Eric Lyon is a composer and computer music researcher. His work focuses on articulated noise, spatial orchestration and computer chamber music. His software includes FFTease and LyonPotpourri, collections of audio objects written for Max/MSP and Pd. He is the author of Designing Audio Objects for Max/MSP and Pd, which explicates the process of designing and implementing audio DSP externals. His music has recently been selected for the Giga-Hertz prize, MUSLAB, and League ISCM World Music Days. Lyon has composed for such artists as The Biomuse Trio, Margaret Lancaster, The Noise Quartet, Ensemble mise-en, String Noise, The Crash Ensemble, Esther Lamneck, Kathleen Supové, Marianne Gythfeldt, and Seth Parker Woods. Lyon has taught computer music at Keio University, IAMAS, Dartmouth College, Manchester University, and Queen's University Belfast. Currently, he teaches in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, and is a faculty fellow at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.


Kevin Patton Kevin Patton (PhD) is an artist, scholar, and technologist whose primary mode of making is through creating interactive systems. He is active in the fields of multimedia theatre, experimental music, collaborative design, and interactive art. Kevin is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design at the Corcoran School of the Arts at the George Washington University.


Margaret Schedel Margaret Anne Schedel is a composer and cellist specializing in the creation and performance of ferociously interactive media. Her works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. She is a joint author of Cambridge Press's Electronic Music and recently edited on an issue of Organised Sound on sonification. Her research focuses on gesture in music, and the sustainability of technology in art. As an Associate Professor of Music at Stony Brook University, she serves as Co-Director of Computer Music and is a core faculty member of cDACT, the consortium for digital art, culture and technology.


Chapman Welch Chapman Welch received his D.M.A. in music composition and electronic music from the University of North Texas where he worked at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI). Currently, he is a lecturer at Rice University where he serves as the electroacoustic specialist for the Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs (REMLABS). He was recently commissioned by the city of Houston, along with composer Anthony Brandt and visual artist Jo Fleischhauer, to create an installation for the market square clock tower. The six-month installation tunes the sounds of downtown Houston to create a resonant glow that is improvised by the computer each hour. Other recent commissions include works for saxophonist Woody Witt, percussionist Patti Cudd, the American Harp Society, and the Liminal Space Duo as well as a multimedia collaboration with visual artist Carmen Montoya for the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College. In addition, Welch's article "Programming Machines and People: Techniques for Live Improvisation with Electronics" was published in the Leonardo Music Journal and discusses his interactive work Moiré, which was included in the Music from SEAMUS CD series. Active as a performer, Chapman's diverse musical interests have allowed him to appear in settings ranging from performances of Stockhausen's Kontakte with percussionist Christopher Deane to improvising with traditional American "fiddle" tunes at the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Welch's music has been presented at numerous festivals in the United States and abroad, including June in Buffalo, Third Practice Festival, SPARK, the Florida Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, ICMC, and SEAMUS conferences.


Adam James Wilson Adam James Wilson is a composer, guitarist, and software developer who programs computers to improvise with human musicians. His work incorporates music information retrieval, algorithmic music composition, and data sonification. Wilson performs with his software experiments on the fretless electric guitar, an instrument that caters to his penchant for microtonality. He has performed/presented his work in Tokyo, New York, Paris, Montreal, San Diego, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Belfast, Palo Alto, and elsewhere. Wilson co-founded and serves as director of the New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit, an annual concert series featuring music by artists focused on the integration of music improvisation and real-time interactive computer systems. He is currently Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Technology, specializing in Music Technology and Media Computation, at New York City College of Technology (CUNY City Tech).

Administrators - 2016

William Brent, Ph.D, American University — submission evaluator

Kevin Patton, Ph.D, George Washington University — submission evaluator, NYC EIS co-founder

Adam Wilson, Ph.D, New York City College of Technology — submission evaluator, NYC EIS co-founder, director

About NYC EIS

The New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit is a concert series featuring music by artists focused on the integration of music improvisation and real-time interactive computer systems.

NYC EIS is made possible by faculty, staff, and students in the Emerging Media Technology and Entertainment Technology programs at CUNY's New York City College of Technology.

Read about NYC EIS in the 2017 issue of Array, the journal of the International Computer Music Association: click here for Eric Lyon's review of NYC EIS 2016, and here for the complete issue.

venue | how to submit | administrators

Call for Works

The Emerging Media Technology program in the Entertainment Technology department at CUNY's New York City College of Technology invites submissions for the fourth annual New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit, a concert series featuring music by artists focused on the integration of music improvisation and real-time interactive computer systems.

NYC EIS is made possible by faculty, staff, and students in the Emerging Media and Entertainment Technology programs at CUNY's New York City College of Technology.

Venue

NYC EIS 2019 will take place on Friday, February 22nd, and Saturday, February 23rd, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on both nights, at New York City College of Technology's Voorhees Theater.

We will provide the following:

How to Submit

Email with links to the following (no attachments please):

Deadline for submission is November 1, 2018, end-of-day Eastern Standard Time.

Please note the following:

2019 Administrators

Jen Baker, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn Conservatory — submission evaluator

Kevin Patton, Ph.D, George Washington University — submission evaluator, NYC EIS co-founder

Adam Wilson, Ph.D, New York City College of Technology — submission evaluator, NYC EIS co-founder, director

Please address all inquiries to .