Schedule

Welcome to the MINT schedule! Click on an event for a description & location. Click on the speaker’s name for a biography. If you’d like to narrow your search for specific events click on one of the categories below.

All talks & concerts are available to Forum Pass Holders. Passes are available for purchase by anyone who wishes to attend the Forum here. Concerts are also available to non-pass-holders and tickets can be purchased separately from the Forum Pass. Tickets will be available soon.

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  • Day 1

    November 16th 2018

  • Day 2

    November 17th 2018

  • Day 3

    November 18th 2018

  • Installations intersect interactive concepts of Digital Musical Instruments, composition, and sound design. They require a design that is intuitive and impactful while also empowering the audience to perform with ease. One cannot build an installation successfully that involves a manual or practice. It must work in a straightforward manner, it must be simple and it must also enhance the connection of the audience with the material at hand. Considering aspects of user experience are important, ultimately the focus needs to be on musical interaction. Ultimately, understanding the needs of DMI design through improvisation and composition of electronic music through performance offers an important understanding to design installations can give guiding musical interactive principles, while considering sonic hierarchy, dimensional design, and intent one can begin to develop interactive systems that are meaningful and intuitive. Line Segments is an installation by Dirk Johan Stromberg that delves into an approach of a sonic, tactile installation that involves different levels and types of interactivity to allow the audience to be an important part of the composition.
    Demonstration
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Seminar Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • Demonstration
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Frazee Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • Demonstration
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Scotia Bank Room

  • The CLOrk ensemble will share a hybrid performance/ demonstration of our laptop orchestra. We will present some of the methods employed in organizing an improvisatory laptop orchestra, share technological as well as practical lessons learnt, and demonstrate an improvised performance of CLOrk. By: Danielle Savage, Kasey Pocius, Robin Schmidt, Jasmine Leblond-Chartrand, Nick Lavigne, and Eldad Tsabary (director)
    Improvisation & New Techonologies
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • This demonstration uses Kyma from Symbolic Sound to create an in-depth, live analysis of voice. By extracting individual features of the voice in real-time, these features may be used to control any parameter of electronic sound. The voice is then both the instrument and the interface for the live-electronics which is, in turn, infused with “vocality”. Andrea Young's musical output is made from this acoustic, amplified, processed, resynthesized and re-purposed sound-controlling voice.
    Demonstration
    Lecture
    The Voice & New Techonologies
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please join us for lunch catered by Dalhousie Food Services in the Peter Wilson Lounge area and visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge

  • The presentation will demonstrate the eMic and wearable controllers designed by Dr Donna Hewitt. The eMic consists of a modified microphone stand that captures the physical gestures of the vocal performer via an array of sensing devices including pressure sensors, distance sensors, tilt sensors, ribbon sensors and a joystick microphone mount and is designed to capture the gestures of the vocalist and to allow the vocalist to control media elements (live voice, sound, video and lighting) in performance. The wearable interface consists of a wireless suit fitted with a number of sensors designer to capture arm and hand movements during performance.
    Demonstration
    Lecture
    The Voice & New Techonologies
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • This presentation/performance is to help bring more light to the rising technology known as MIDI Polyphonic Expression and its uses in modern improvisation/performance and composition. This technology is currently being used in instruments such as the Roli Seaboard, the Roger Linn Design Linnstrument, and the Lippold Haken Haken Continuum. MPE’s ability to allow far more complex expression in digital instruments is pushing the boundaries between acoustic and digital musical performance.
    Improvisation & New Techonologies
    Lecture
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • David will demonstrate his sound sculpture for his featured work, Position, influence as well as present on subsequent research related to ‘re-embodied sound’ and spectacle-informed installation/performance works.
    Demonstration
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • All concerts are included in Forum passes but are also open to non-pass-holders. Tickets available on website. Program: Position, influence, by David Coll, performed by Janice Isabel Jackson; Charred, performed and composed by Andrea Young; Alaskan Refrain, performed and composed by Dillan Schmitz; Listen & Oxygen Thief, performed and composed by Donna Hewitt.
    Concert
    Improvisation & New Techonologies
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Open to Non-Pass-Holders
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • All concerts are included in Forum passes but are also open to non-pass-holders. Tickets available on the website. Program: Physically Colliding with Sonic Algorithms, performed and composed by Raul Altosaar; Improvisation: Adam Tindale & Angus Tarnawsky; Biscuit, performed and composed by CLOrk with Danielle Savage, Kasey Pocius, Robin Schmidt, Nick Lavigne, Jasmine Leblond-Chartrand, Eldad Tsabary (Director.); r/evolution, by Gordon Fitzell, performed by Revolution Ensemble (Tommy Davis, adapted saxophone; Gordon Fitzell, live electronics)
    Concert
    Improvisation & New Techonologies
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Open to Non-Pass-Holders
    The Voice & New Techonologies
    Where
    Alumni Hall

  • This demonstrative presentation focuses on gamification of the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in my recent live electronic music composition: Super Colliders for three pitch-producible instruments (2018). Gamification is a design concept described as “the use of game design elements in non-game contexts”(Deterding et al, 2011). This approach has been applied to, for example, educational software design in order to motivate learners. In the field of music, there has been already several precedents of incorporating game elements in Game Pieces—musical compositions whose unfolding is not predetermined like most pieces in classical music, but is determined in real-time according to rules, chance operations and competitive strifes between performing opponents toward a goal, similar to sports and video games—such as Cobra (J. Zorn, 1984) and Duel (I. Xenakis, 1959) composed only for human performers, and “Glimmer” (J. Freeman, 2004), “Foxconn Frequency” (S. Remy, 2013) and “Game Over” (C. Ressi, 2017) involving both human performers and live electronics. These pieces reveal an important question: how can a gamified performance demonstrate real-time interactions between the human- performer and a computer agent in a way that is perceptible to the audience? My piece addresses the question by means of audiovisual performance. In this presentation, I will discusses the piece’s game design from several aspects such as performative system, goal and rules, motivational affordance, the use of graphics, interaction design, computer agent design and sound design, following a demonstrative performance of the composition.
    Demonstration
    Lecture
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • This project aim to present unexplored techniques that fuse together painting with sound. Corresponding with Xbox 360 Kinect Senser to calibrate a Canvas with Multi Touch technology by Depth Sensing to trigger a sound when a brush touches with a canvas and manipulate the sound with the movement of drawing. And cooperating with a color sensor module to convert a light intensity from a color of paint into a value of Frequency within a musical scale. The hue assigns the scale of sound, and the value determines the octaves. White is set as White Noise, and Black is sample sounds. The Pure Data Patch composes the sounds in delay loops and effects, and also controls a character of the sound. As painting gets layers of brush strokes on canvas, the sounds equally echoes in time sequence. 
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • I will discuss and present my work Oikos / Ecos for soprano Janice Isabel Jackson and Max/MSP. The title Oikos / Ecos translates from Greek and Latin roots as our house—and more specifically as our planet earth. The text was derived from my gut reactions to headlines in 2009. For example, my reaction to the headline “British family sues over Whistler gondola collapse”, was “we live in litigious times”. I think of the work as reflection and commentary on social media. The musical line is torn between melodious, at times highly virtuosic coloratura writing for the singer, and more abstract improvisations with the soundtrack. In this way a clear distinction between pre-recorded material, live processed material, and the actual singing voice is deliberately blurred.
    Lecture
    The Voice & New Techonologies
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • TBA
    Lecture
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • Over the past several years, I have been investigating ways of using common-place technologies to create new frameworks for musical improvisation. I am particularly interested in how the Internet can be used for real-time performance and collaboration. After surveying the field, it became apparent that most practitioners are fighting against inherent flaws of emerging technology. In the case of the Internet, working to make the visible strain of data transfer invisible. My performance-based research has shown that regardless of progress, users must still deal with latency issues, low quality streaming audio/video quality and reliability/connectivity issues. To realize outcomes for my own work, I have embraced these limitations as a specific artistic toolset to strengthen and inform my approach. Although interested in building custom interfaces, my arsenal of resources includes “normal” items like smartphones, webcams and programs like Skype and FaceTime.
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Performance
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Inherent with every performance is an interaction with space, both by performer and audience. This can be seen as a contract of action and reaction. It is a ritual in which both parties play a part and the outcomes are usually given; rows of seats, dimmed lighting, applause. This works fine when everyone understands the venue’s physical arrangement, social conventions, and acceptable performance interactions. However, issues frequently arise given the modern use of non-conventional venues for experimental music. Nowadays, concerts are experiences that must be designed and if they are not, what you will probably get is something along the lines of a 19th century recital. For some, this may be fine but for Adam Tindale and Angus Tarnawsky, it is a less than ideal framework for facilitating meaningful new experiences in the 21st century. As artists they are working together to understand the ways in which a concert can exist to best serve the diverse range of contemporary performance strategies and changing nature of audiences. At MINT, they will lead a performative lecture that will ask the audience reconfigure themselves within their abilities, around and through the performance in order to illustrate the audience's role and experience in relation to the public presentation of music.
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please join us for lunch catered by Dalhousie Food Services in the Peter Wilson Lounge area and visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge

  • Lukas will be presenting BASSSUROUND, a live multichannel configuration for improvised double bass diffusion, developed as part of his ongoing collaboration with German light artist Kurt Laurenze Thenhardt and his visual piano series.
    Lecture
    Performance
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Raul Altosaar will be presenting a musical performance system named 'A Very Real Looper'. This system is built inside of a video game engine. It uses virtual reality sensors to map sounds and musical sequences onto physical objects and spaces in the real world. These are then triggered through gesture and bodily movement by a performer wielding two controllers. Since video game engines allow digital assets to be rapidly refreshed, the sounds and sequences in 'A Very Real Looper' can be quickly changed or mapped onto different objects and locations inside of the performance space. 'A Very Real Looper' is part of an ongoing investigation into virtual reality technology, real-world interaction, and musical performance.
    Demonstration
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • Composer Gordon Fitzell outlines performative approaches to live electronics in improvisation, sound installation and concert music, stressing the role that open and directed improvisation can play in bringing spontaneity and contemporary sensibilities to the genre. Through score excerpts, photographs, videos and audio clips, he surveys the use of live electronics in his own compositions and in projects presented by the University of Manitoba's eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE), which he directs. Fitzell asserts the importance of performer freedom and autonomy in live electronics. He touches upon technology ranging from DIY electronics to computer software and hardware, and explores the promise of aesthetic renewal through open compositional design. Projects investigated include solo and chamber works with live electronics, sound installations featuring sonified weather balloons, video mapped films with live soundtracks, and a smart table to which users can bring original sounds.
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Working at Bell Labs in the 1970’s, composer Charles Dodge created brilliant works for synthetic voices. The challenges were formidable. Input was done with punch cards, and rendering audio took days. Text-to-singing production remained difficult until the Yamaha Corporation released their Vocaloid software in 2004. In the years since then, Vocaloid has become a pop culture phenomenon. I will discuss Vocaloid’s role in a noncommercial, experimental composition: “The Gliding Intervals.”
    Lecture
    Where
    TBA

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • All concerts are included in Forum passes but are also open to non-pass-holders. Tickets available on the website. Program: Touch, by Keith Hamel, performed by Barbara Pritchard; Oikos / Ecos, by Derek Charke, performed by Janice Isabel Jackson; Super Colliders, by Takuto Fukada, performed by Ann Denny, Maureen Batt, Janice Isabel Jackson; EToOto (Painting with Sound), performed and composed by Yasushi Matsui.
    Concert
    Improvisation & New Techonologies
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Open to Non-Pass-Holders
    The Voice & New Techonologies
    Where
    Dalhousie Arts Centre - Rm. 406

  • A private networking event for MINT invited speakers & participants only.
    Concert
    Improvisation & New Techonologies
    Networking Event
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    The Voice & New Techonologies
    Where
    Atlantica Hotel

  • This talk will take place during the Networking event at the Atlantica Hotel. Come hear the sonic results of isolating sight and/or sound when two trained singers interact sonically. Using the latest noise cancellation technology to provide freedom from self-monitoring, two singers will perform and present an experiment in sensory modification. The experiment provides insight into the discourse on authenticity of the voice, and voice and technology.
    Demonstration
    Lecture
    The Voice & New Techonologies
    Where
    Atlantica Hotel

  • By means of a lecture-demonstration, I will propose answers to the following enquiry: On what basis can we derive digital musical instrument (DMI) gestures and sounds and concomitantly, how does a composer create music for a digital control surface that has no prescribed set of gestures and sounds? A DMI consists of a sensor-based control surface that drives musical parameters of a sound synthesizer in real time, connecting forms of bodily expression to the creation of sound and music in innovative ways that differ from the control structures provided by regular acoustic instruments. I will begin with an examination of my composition and performance methodologies of the last ten years with instrumental systems such as the t-stick, karlax and live writing. After that, I will provide a demonstration in an effort to showcase the results of my systematised approach to DMI composition and performance.
    Demonstration
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • Inner Ear is a SSHRC-funded multi-university research-creation project for developing an accessible, adaptive ear training tool geared toward musicians and audio engineers working in the various sound fields. The design of this software builds on a decade-long, ongoing, action research study with music students who major in electroacoustic studies. The objective of the research has been to understand the student's aural skill acquisition process and subsequently develop comprehensive tools to facilitate rapid refinement of skills which are crucial to all sound-focused art. This interactive lecture will cover the basic principles behind the study and its relevance to sound practices, and demonstrate the current Inner Ear prototype. By: Eldad Tsabary, Danielle Savage, and Concordia electroacoustics students
    Demonstration
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • Hidden Motive explores interactive graphic notation in the realm of VR and augmented reality. Through the use of the META AR headset the musician is placed inside the score itself, and is able to move and trigger the graphic elements in real-time. The score also produces electronic sound, similar to a controller, which is also manipulated visibly and invisibly with the hands. Through this process the performer becomes an extension of the virtual score-world, both as the interpreter and the instrument. Although the musician experiences the score through the META, the audience also experiences the performers interaction through mixed reality and projection techniques.
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • In this talk I will describe the conception, design, development, and use of a family of "prosthetic" instruments for music and dance performance built by myself and collaborators at McGill University. This story will be grounded in discussion of artistic, technological, and theoretical/academic concerns. Typically projects combining technology and dance simply attach sensors to the bodies of the dancers to measure their movement, however we are usually more interested in the interactions between the performer and their technology. By creating instruments which can be manipulated by the performer or meld with their body, we hoped to explore transitions between perception of instrument/instrumentalist and of body. We also wanted the instruments to have visual impact, but we decided to avoid simply creating a "costume" for the performer. Instead, we created extensions to their body which are not totally ergonomic – wearing these instruments forces the performer to move differently, to include the dynamics of the instruments in their own body-image. When worn, they are not merely props, they really must be treated as part of the body.
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please join us for lunch catered by Dalhousie Food Services in the Peter Wilson Lounge area and visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • A short introduction to neural networks, what they do and how they do it and a recent history of work that uses such technology in sound and music.
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • Geronimo discusses his practice as electronic musician, dj, and the cultural dynamics which influence his music - with a presentation of some of his tools, some anecdotes, and examples of process and experience.
    Improvisation & New Techonologies
    Lecture
    Where
    Kings Theatrical Society Room

  • Sonic Matter is an interactive music performance system which streamlines the creation of music, especially for electroacoustic music composers. It gives the users control over sonic qualities; likewise, it can transform users’ sound material into simple to complex textures. The system consists of the computer software, a KORG nanoKONTROL2 MIDI interface, a Leap Motion sensor, and optionally, a MIDI sustain pedal.
    Demonstration
    Lecture
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Where
    Alumni Hall

  • Please enjoy some refreshments in the Peter Wilson Lounge area or visit the conference rooms for opportunities to interact with some of the technology being demonstrated today.
    Break
    Interactive
    Where
    Peter Wilson Lounge & Conference Rooms

  • All concerts are included in Forum passes but are also open to non-pass-holders. Tickets available on the website. Program: Apertures, by Mathieu Chamagne, performed by Mathieu Chamagne & Janice Isabel Jackson; Hidden Motive, performed and composed by Amy Brandon; A Hacker's Improv, Karlax (by Da Fact): Andrew Stewart, Phallophonist: Dirk Johan Stromberg; The Passage, performed and composed by Abdullah Safa Soydan
    Concert
    Improvisation & New Techonologies
    New Innovations in Musical Expressions
    Open to Non-Pass-Holders
    The Voice & New Techonologies
    Where
    Alumni Hall