1st Annual Further Series Electroacoustic Festival

Time: 7:30 pm
Date: 2014 Jan 18
Location: Western Front, 303 E 8th Ave

Vancouver Pro Musica is pleased to announce its first Electroacoustic Festival as part of the Further Series.  Running from January 16-18, 2014 at the Western Front (303 E 8th Ave), it will feature several B.C. artists and explore various ways technology can be applied to music.

Thursday, January 16 – The Krells

The Krells, an extinct alien civilization from ‘Forbidden Planet’ lands in Vancouver and vaporizes the Western Front with a live electronica trio featuring Daniel Godlovitch, Kirk McNally and John Celona.  Analog, digital and interactive signal-processing combines in a new media electroacoustic experience.  The group formed two years ago, debuted in Victoria at Open Space last April and are currently preparing for a trans-Canada tour.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm, admission is $20 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors/Artists

Friday, January 17 – Experts Panel

Friday night features presentations by invited guests Keith Hamel and Martin Gotfrit, hosted by Philippe Pasquier, who will speak about their recent research in music and technology.  This night is presented in conjunction with the Vancouver Computer Music Meetings.

Abstracts for the presentations:

Phillipe Pasquier:
Current trends and issues in Musical Metacreation and Music Information Retrieval.

Keith Hamel:
Interactive Computer Music refers to musical compositions in which a live performer is interacting with computers which respond to aspects of their performance. In some cases the computer processes the sound of the live instrument and in others it complements or supports their performance with additional audio or video material.  Dr. Keith Hamel has been working in the area of interactive computer music for more than twenty years.  During that time, he has developed a variety of software tools that facilitate the design, creation,  rehearsal and performance of these interactive works.  For each composition, Hamel tries to create an environment in which the live performer and the computers react and respond to one another as if they are performing chamber music.  Dr. Hamel will give an overview of some of the software systems he has developed and show some of the research initiatives (such as automated score-following) that he is currently working on.

Martin Gotfrit:
Martin Gotfrit has been composing and performing electroacoustic music since 1970 when he cofounded the ensemble “Metamusic”. Beginning with analogue synthesis and classic tape studio techniques, through to his current work in Max/MSP and Live, he will speaking about the ideas that underpin his work and how various technologies have transformed them. The talk will be illustrated by examples of his fixed media works and performances as well as his recent collaborations in art installations, dance and theatre.

The presentations begin at 7:30 pm, admission is Pay What You Will

 Saturday, January 18 – Electroacoustic Concert

Saturday night is the Electroacoustic Concert, presenting new works by BC composers, featuring our Ensemble-in-Residence, the NOVO Ensemble.  This exciting concert will combine everything from pre-recorded pieces to works for live instruments and interactive electronics, in a 4-channel surround sound environment.

Composers featured include Craig Aalders, John Baker, Cameron Catalano, Adam Hill, Grace Ma, Maria Eduarda Mendes Martins, Ryan Noakes, and Anna Pidgorna.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm, admission is $20 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors/Artists