ISIM 2015

Here is a zip file that contain pdfs of the slides from my presentation at ISIM 2015. It also includes the Max patches for the instruments I demonstrated during the presentation. The instruments have no documentation with them, so feel free to contact me at if you need info.

Complete package of ISIM 2015 files here.

Fall 2013 Conference Presentations

I have a busy fall with 4 presentations dealing with aspects of my Interactive Musical Partner (IMP) research.

On Friday, September 6, I’ll present Valued Features of Improvised Musical Interactions (or What I learned from my computerized improvisation partner) at the Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

On Monday, October 14, I’ll give a demonstration entitled Interactive Musical Partner: A Demonstration of Musical Personality Settings for Influencing the Behavior of an Interactive Musical Generation System at 2nd International Workshop on Musical Metacreation, which is part of the Ninth Annual Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment, at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The proceedings of MUME and AIIDE will be published by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Publications.

On Thursday, October 17, I will present a poster/paper entitled Interactive Musical Partner: A Modular Human/Computer Duo Improvisation System at the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research, at Laboratoire de Méchanique et d’Acoustique in Marseille, France. The CMMR proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series.

I will present a performance demonstration entitled Interactive Musical Partner: A Look at the Components of a Human/Computer Duo Improvisation System at the Electroacoustic Barn Dance 2013, which is held at The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA from November 7-9.

Symposium on Laptop Ensembles & Orchestras

SLEO is taking place at LSU, April 15-17. The SLEO website blurb:

an international workshop on music performance using mobile devices and laptop computers. The symposium, April 15-17, 2012, will offer workshops for those wishing to learn about mobile and laptop ensembles, as well as peer-reviewed papers and panels to discuss the state-of-the-art and best practices of this exciting new genre of music performance and music technology.

I am chairing a panel discussion titled “Play Something Crazy…Now: Improvisation as a Tool in Composing for Laptop Orchestras.” It will be Tuesday at 1 pm, and the panelists are Paula Matthusen (Wesleyan University), Christopher Burns (UW-Milwaukee), Scott Hewitt (University of Huddersfield), and J. Corey Knoll (LSU). We will discuss improvisation as both a means and an end in composing for LEOs, with some attention given to composing for ensembles of unknown instrumentation.

Instigation Quartets Presentation

Here are the supporting materials for my presentation “Instigation Quartets: A Look at The Effectiveness of Higher Level Improvisational Instructions as a Means to Foster Musical Diversity” which was given at the International Society for Improvised Music Conference at William Paterson University in New Jersey on February 17, 2012.

Presentation (Keynote w/audio)

Presentation (pdf)

Instigation Quartets (pdf)

Instigation Quartets v.2.0 (pdf)

Zip files of IQ audio:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Friday, February 17, 2012 at William Patterson University

I will be presenting “Instigation Quartets: A Look at The Effectiveness of Higher Level Improvisational Instructions as a Means to Foster Musical Diversity” on Friday, February 17 at 2 pm on the campus of William Patterson University in Wayne, NJ, as part of the International Society of Improvised Music Conference. Full details here:

The “Instigation Quartets” are a set of high level verbal instructions that serve as starting points for otherwise free improvisations. The idea behind the Instigation Quartets (IQ) is twofold. The first intention is to provide a way to bypass the early “negotiation” stage of a free improvisation, and the second intention is to push musicians into starting improvisatory episodes in ways that may not occur if left to the groups usual devices.

This presentation will look at recordings of the IQ made in Dortmund (Germany), Chicago, and New Orleans between October 2010 and November 2011by a variety of musicians. The analysis of these recordings will look at the effectiveness of the IQ in realizing the intentions outlined above, as well as the success of the musical results outside of the context of the instructions.

Improvisational practices in laptop orchestras


Below is a link to the pdf of a survey that I used for my paper “Improvisation as Tool and Intention: Organizational Practices in Laptop Orchestras and Their Effect on Personal Music Approaches” that I will present at the Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium on September 8, 2011. I’ll post more on the paper itself after the presentation.

Survey of Improvisational Practices of Laptop Ensembles