International Computer Music Conference 2016 Music Track

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Aggregat

The installation ‘Aggregat’ serves as a platform for compositions that involve music and kinetic movement. It is meant to promote compositional approaches that blend formalised technical processes with poetic potentials developed through and expressed by the spatiality, corporeality and activity of the kinetic speaker and their mutual permeation with the audience members. The installation consists of an assembly — or “Aggregat” in German — of sixteen speakers. The speakers are placed at head height on stands and are arranged in a grid. The speaker-figures have moveable tops and are at the same time kinetic sculptures and sound diffusion devices.

The current collection of works contains compositions by a group of artists that are all active within the context of the ICST, the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the Zurich University of the Arts. Each artist’s work is intimately linked with their research activities and can be situated at the intersections between the empirical, objective approaches of research and experiential and singular processes of artistic work. An important specificity of this collection lies in the overlap of disciplines, methods, points of view and artistic domains. A common concern in the artistic practices of all participants are topics of systemic development, behavioural modelling, and algorithm-driven generative compositions.

The collection of works consists of the following pieces:

As If – Notions of There (Tobias Gerber)
Neurons (Martin Neukom, Marcus Maeder)
Nothing Exists… (Jan Schacher)
Magnets (Daniel Bisig, Jan Schacher)
Speak Up (Philippe Kocher)
The Left-hand Path (Marcus Maeder, Jan Schacher)

Composer(s):

Daniel Bisig     web site
Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology
Zurich University of the Arts
Switzerland

Daniel Bisig holds a master’s and PhD degree in natural sciences. He is active as a researcher and artist in the fields of artificial live and generative art. He has realised several algorithmic films, interactive installations, and audiovisual performances, some of them in collaboration with musicians and choreographers. The derivation of generative algorithms and interaction techniques from biomimetic simulations forms a central aspect of his work. Daniel Bisig currently works as a research associate at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the Zurich University of the Arts.

Jan Schacher     web site
Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology
Zurich University of the Arts
Switzerland

Jan Schacher is a musician and researcher active in exploratory, open forms of music performance. His main focus lies on works that combine technology and gestural or movement interactions, both on stage, in installations and fixed-media audio-visual works. He has beén invited as artist, lecturer and researcher to numerous institutions and has presented installations, screenings, and performances worldwide. ln addition to his artistic work, Schacher holds a position as a research associate at the lnstitute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) of the Zurich University of the Arts and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in the Arts at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and the Orpheus lnstituut in Ghent, Belgium.

Tobias Gerber     web site
Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology
Zurich University of the Arts
Switzerland

Tobias Gerber is a musician, journalist and organizer in the context of new and experimental music. He is member and artistic director of the Swiss ensemble WERKTAG — an instrumental trio that works extensively with the possibilities of live electronics and premiered pieces by Antonie Chessex, Alex Buess, Gary Berger, Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, Anna Trauffer, Luc Döbereiner and others. He studied saxophone and art theory at the Zurich University of the Arts. His artistic and theoretical interests lie in contemporary practices connected to sound as a culturally meaningful medium.

Philippe Kocher     web site
Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology
Zurich University of the Arts
Switzerland

Philippe Kocher is a musician, composer and researcher. He studied piano, electroacoustic music, music theory, composition and musicology in Zurich, Basel, London and Bern. His work encompasses instrumental and electroacoustic music as well as sound installations. His artistic and scientific interests lie in algorithmic composition and computer generated music and art. He works at the Institute for Computermusic and Sound Technology (ICST) in Zurich as research associate as well as at the Zurich University of the Arts as lecturer for music theory and computer music.

Marcus Maeder     web site
Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology
Zurich University of the Arts
Switzerland

Marcus Maeder is a sound artist and composer. He studied art at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Lucerne and is currently pursuing a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Hagen. Maeder runs the music label domizil, which he co-founded in 1996 with Bernd Schurer. As an author, Maeder has written on a number of topics in the fields of sound art and
digitalmedia.

Martin Neukom     web site
Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology
Zurich University of the Arts
Switzerland

Martin Neukom studied musicology, mathematics and psychology at the University of Zurich and music theory at the Musikhochschule Zurich. He is engaged in sound synthesis and composition with computers. Neukom wrote the book
"Signale, Systeme und Klangsynthese - Grundlagen der Computermusik" which was accepted as his doctoral thesis by the University of Zurich and translated by Gerald Bennett into English under the title "Signals, Systems and Sound Synthesis". He works as a lecturer for music theory and as a research associate at the lnstitute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) of the Zurich University of the Arts.

 

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