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NIME: New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Creating new performance tools for digital music.
In the eighth annual NIME concert, performers will play a series of newly designed electronic instruments that aim to keep the “live” in the live performance of digital music.
Electronic music is usually played with a keyboard and mouse. Laptop musicians often sit at a desk and give performances that feel like watching someone work in their cubicle. The idea behind NIME is to go beyond the mouse and keyboard and beyond even piano keys and drum pads. It seeks to present performance systems that make the most out of the new opportunities for musical expression that digital technology offers.
This year’s NIME concert will feature such innovations as a musically enhanced sewing machine, sonified floor tiles, performative knitting needles, turntablism for live instrumentalists, electronically controlled cartoon antics, novel realizations of the rock guitar, and a host of other exciting approaches to the creation of music.
NIME is an end-of-semester performance by 16 graduate student artists from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU. It will be presented by the instructors Greg Shakar and Hans-Christoph Steiner. The performers are Drew Burrows, Karla Calderon, Jayoung Chung, Lara Grant, Ted Hayes , Lee-Sean Huang, Ari Joseph, Michelle Mayer, Ariel Nevarez, Winslow Porter, Anthony Ptak, Paul Rothman, Jason Safir, Milena Selkirk, and Carolina Vallejo.
18+ w/ ID
admission: $7 (free for NYU ID holders)
door time: 7PM DOORS / 8 PM SHOW
Other posts about NIME:
Networked Music Review
This reminds of me of that scene in Big when Tom Hanks is in FAO Schwartz playing the floor piano.
I’ve noticed that lately, I haven’t been listening to music as much as I usually do. I think it’s been my attempt to try and tune into my environment whereas normally I would be tuning out. One thing that remains constant is that my alarm clock is set to the radio. I’ve tuned it to Hot 97 primarily because I don’t listen to that station. I find Hot 97 a little annoying, so it prompts me to get up and at the very least, hit snooze. I tried tuning it to some talk radio before, but found that I would sleep right through it. The volume on the radio is loud enough to be audible, but low enough to not be so jarring to wake to. Other than that, I’ve only been listening to music while commuting.
Here’s a medley of intros to some songs I listened to this week:
Whenever I’m home, there’s always a car driving past my building that is blasting music loudly. The other night, I came home to hear my roommate singing along in his room to some folk artist that I didn’t recognize. Within a half hour, he emerged dressed to go out. I’m assuming that was his “getting-ready-to-go-out” music.
I was watching a video made for a particular entry into the Guggenheim Design It Shelter Competition which had music for all 2:20 minutes of the video. It was simple, but pretty cheesy. It basically sounded like a prerecorded track on a synth from the early 1990s. And even though the design was interesting, the music that accompanied it was boring and seemed to do nothing to enhance the visual.
NIME was the first class I went to this week and it was an awesome introduction to my 2nd and graduating year at ITP. Hans-Christoph Steiner is teaching the class together with Greg Shakar. We have a great group of people in the class and I’m looking forward to everyone’s projects and our performances this December.
Some ideas I have for the class are:
* Some kind of audience participated, improv composition. What initially came to mind was Freestyle Love Supreme, but with a twist. I first saw Freestyle Love Supreme some years ago when my friend Arthur Lewis was performing with them. At the time, Lin-Manuel was also performing, but I’m not sure if he still is since In the Heights has been on Broadway.
In any case, Freestyle Love Supreme is an improv group that “get words from the audience – use them to inspire new rap songs – build a hip-hop community.”
My very loose concept takes a similar approach, by having the audience contribute to the sonic composition during the performance. I currently have no real cohesive idea as to exactly how I’ll be doing this except that it may involve sensors, colors, lights, camera, computer and Max/MSP/Jitter in some way.
* Another idea (again, very loose), involves Jitter and segmenting quadrants in space. Each quadrant will correspond to a sound or effect. The camera will be used as a sensor and will detect the movement (and possibly color) in space to create sound. The movement will namely be me (or some other moving being) sort of dancing around to create the composition live. But this idea may potentially find itself fusing with the first idea.
Ideally, I’d like some cohesive beats/rhythms in my piece as opposed to something more random and ethereal. I do DJ after all, love beats and enjoy when people are dancing. I definitely don’t expect people to dance at NIME, but some head nodding would be cool.