Neil O Connor will host as part of the DMARC Seminar series entitled Whats the Score – Film and Improvisational Electronics in which he shall discuss his musical work for the visual medium. I will also be performing a live score to Chris Markers seminal 1962 Sci-Fi short film La Jetee. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, La Jetee tells the story of a post nuclear war experiment in time travel. It is 28 minutes long and shot in black and white. The 1995 science-fiction film 12 Monkeys was inspired by and borrows several concepts directly from the film.
Wends Nov 15th @ 3pm – CSG001
Lightmoves presents feature screenings, short films, invited works and open submissions, as well as a Screendance Lab and Symposium with some of the most respected figures in the field. The Light Moves Screendance Symposium encourages artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound/music and text.
Lightmoves is curated by DMARC faculty Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre) at University of Limerick. The festival is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Fund.
More info here – http://www.lightmoves.ie/
DMARC welcome Professor Miller Puckette for a talk and concert on April 3rd, details below.
Talk: Limitations of Computers as Musical Tools
Professor Miller Puckette
3-4pm, CSG01 Computer Science Building, University of Limerick, Monday, April 3rd
Free and open to the public.
Concert: Hocket Pagan
Miller Puckette and Kerry Hagan
8-9pm, Ormston House, 9-10 Patrick Street, April 3rd
Open to the public. Free admission
Theoretically, a computer can generate any sound that a loudspeaker can emit. But anyone who has tried to use a computer to realize a piece of music has learned that there is always a gulf between the desired outcome and what we can actually get. The problem is in part the still-primitive state of the software we use to get music out of computers. Existing software paradigms such as DAWs, notation editors, and real-time performance systems are based on particular sets of assumptions about how music is or should be made. A careful look at these assumptions, and the limitations they impose on our efforts to make better computer music software, offers some clues as to what we might want to try next.
Miller Puckette and Kerry Hagan present Hocket Pagan, an evening of live music for instruments, interfaces and electronics. Over the last few years, Puckette and Hagan have been working together to develop live performance systems for computer, electronics, interfaces and instruments. This concert will showcase new works by the duo. One featured work is “Hack Lumps”, premiered recently in New York City. This performance will be the European premiere.
Miller Puckette obtained a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT (1980) and Ph. D. in Mathematics from Harvard (1986) where he was a Putnam Fellow. He was a member of MIT’s Media Lab from its inception until 1987, and then a researcher at IRCAM (l’Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Musique/Acoustique), founded by composer and conductor Pierre Boulez. At IRCAM he wrote Max, a widely used computer music software environment, released commercially by Opcode Systems in 1990 and now available from Cycling74.com .
Puckette joined the music department of the University of California, San Diego in 1994, where he is now professor. From 2000 to 2011 he was Associate Director of UCSD’s Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA).
He is currently developing Pure Data (“Pd”), an open-source real-time multimedia arts programming environment. Puckette has collaborated with many artists and musicians, including Philippe Manoury (whose Sonus ex Machina cycle was the first major work to use Max), and Rand Steiger, Vibeke Sorensen, and Juliana Snapper. Since 2004 he has performed with the Convolution Brothers. In 2008 Puckette received the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award.
Friday February 10th 4pm
Computer Science Auditorium (CSG-01)
Dr Graham’s Talk has been rescheduled to Wednesday 22nd Feb at 3pm. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Richard Graham will present his most recent performance system for multichannel guitar and his ambisonics library for Pd and Max/MSP. Graham will also discuss his general approach to performance systems design, with a specific focus on feature extraction, mapping strategies, and the application of physical models for spatialization in VR.
Richard Graham is a guitarist and computer musician from Northern Ireland. He has performed across the U.S., Asia, U.K., and Europe, including festivals and conferences such as Celtronic and the International Symposium on Electronic Art. He has composed music for British and American television, recorded live sessions for BBC radio, and his music has been authored for the popular video game, Rock Band.
A collaboration between Dance Limerick and DMARC, CSIS Dept., Light Moves festival of screendance 2015 takes place at Dance Limerick from 19-22 November and follows the highly successful Limerick City of Culture inaugural event last year. The festival includes a two-day symposium, workshops and film screenings and this year is host to a significant exhibition of installation works at LSAD in collaboration with Carriageworks Australia. The festival is supported by The Arts Council and Limerick City & County Council with additional support and collaboration provided by AIB, The Hunt Museum, LSAD, ICO and The Limerick Chamber. More information available at: lightmoves.ie
Air India [redacted] – an opera by composer Jürgen Simpson and librettist Renée Sarojini Saklikar – 6th to 11th November
In 1985, the bombing of Air India Flight 182 resulted in a Boeing 747 crashing off the coast of West Cork killing 329 people. Thirty years later, an Irish-Canadian artistic collaboration responding to the tragedy and its fallout has resulted in an opera entitled “Air India [redacted]”. The opera significantly features the work of two artists associated with the University of Limerick: Composer Jürgen Simpson (DMARC, CSIS Dept.) and visual artist John Galvin (2013 PhD Graduate, DMARC) as well as award winning Canadian poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Vancouver based ‘Turning Point Ensemble’ and Irish director Tom Creed. The opera received substantial media attention throughout Canada and Ireland and was funded by The Banff Centre, British Columbia Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Canada Council for the Arts and the Vancouver Foundation. Presented in Vancouver as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Simon Fraser University.
Tickets are available for Marble and Bread, a new promenade style dance performance created by Dance Limerick artist in residence Meghan Kennedy. Sound design for the work was created by DMARC students as part of the Masters Programme in Music technology.
The play takes as its starting point a psychiatric hospital. It has been created by the city’s first dance artist-in-residence, Megan Kennedy and is produced by Dance Limerick. The work will be performed in Limerick’s Sailors’ Home on O’Curry Street. The building was disused until it was opened up for Limerick City of Culture, for exhibitions and a play.
More information may be found in today’s Irish Examiner.
Tickets may be purchased for the event here: