Talks and Presentations
Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference, June 2013 Lisbon
Keynote address: Sounds of Portugal
Music 4 Media Series, University of Porto, May 2012
The Local and the Distributed
The University of Edinburgh Seminar Series, 2012
Sydney University of Technology, 2011
Sounding Out Conference 2010, Bournemouth
Keynote Address: Listening Away: Eavesdropping on the remote and the politics of playing the network
The talk reflects on network performance from the point of view of how listening becomes inflected by distance. Examples from network centric music will be discussed and strategies for distributed notation will be presented.
EARZOOM Sonic Arts Festival, Slovenia 2010
New York University, 2010
EIMAS (Brasil), 2010
Newcastle University, 2010
CIANT, Prague, 2010
This presentation addresses challenges and opportunities posed by the design and production of network performance from the point of view of collaborative creative work. I examine strategies that, while referring to the network as a new medium for performance, make use of concepts from dramaturgy to better understand the relationships between artists, audiences and media. The presentation introduces performance works that have explored compositional and improvisational practice in a network context through the development of different modes of participation. These include communication strategies such as notation as well as open streaming platforms which invite participants to join distributed performance settings.
International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2009 Dublin
Part of ISEA-Dublin and Graduate School for Creative Arts in association with Broadcast Gallery and DIT.
Music in the Global Village 2009 Budapest
Transistor 2009, Czech Republic
McGill University, 2009 Montreal
Université de Montreal, 2009
University of São Paulo, 2009
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 2009
Universidade Federal da Bahia, 2009
Newcastle University, 2009
AUDIO CONNECT 2009
Pedro presents work on Network Dramaturgy in Aix-en-Provence. The symposium AUDIO CONNECT ?, organized by Locus Sonus and the LAMES CNRS sociology laboratory, will take place in Aix en Provence from
the 3rd to the 5th of March 2009.
IMS Study Group “Music and Media”, Berlin 2010
Paper presentation at the International Conference of the IMS Study Group “Music and Media” with Felipe Hickmann on “Audiovisual strategies for rendering presence in networked music performance”
Berlin 25–27 June, 2010
Humboldt University Berlin
Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft
This article investigates various strategies used by composers and musicians for dealing with presence issues in network music performance. It has been a common challenge to design effective models for rendering remote participation when performers are at multiple sites, or when a medium (such as the internet) acts as an interface between remote players. This is the main object of telepresence and telematics which emerged from the wide theorization produced since the rise of computer networks as a significant social, cultural and artistic topic.
Networked music performances commonly rely on video streaming and audio spatialization to suggest the presence of remote players, though leaving unsolved basic aspects of musical interaction such as the ability to cue through visual glances or breathing. Attempts to circumvent these issues have been made, for example, with the aid of motion capture technologies. Other common approaches in network performance involve the use of real-time generated graphics emulating audio information; “sound toys” and java interfaces for live improvisation, where players are represented by graphical avatars; sounds modulated by the acoustics of a remote site, or of the network itself; and even the use of mixed reality techniques such as laser displays and robotics to recreate the presence of remote performers.
The paper reviews and analyses a number of recent projects according to a dramaturgical understanding of such strategies, relating them to the models of projected, directed and distributed dramaturgy previously outlined by Rebelo (Dramaturgy in the Network, in Contemporary Music Review v.28, 2009).
University of Montreal, 2009
On the question of notation
This presentation addresses challenges and opportunities posed by the design and production of network performance from the point of view of collaborative creative work. I examine strategies that, while referring to the network as a new medium for performance, make use of concepts from dramaturgy to better understand the relationships between artists, audiences and media. The presentation introduces performance works that have explored compositional and improvisational practice in a network context through the development of different modes of participation. These include communication strategies such as notation as well as open streaming platforms which invite participants to join distributed performance settings. The presentation draws on a commission by Quasar quartet as an example of notation that addresses specificity and flexibility.
The piece Exposure 4.0. explores the space between determinacy and indeterminacy in regards to the use of musical materials between the four instruments. This results in an ambiguous musical environment in which precision in the articulation of pitch and timbre is conflated with derivative events arising from a disjunction in playing techniques. The quartet is treated both as a whole and as a discontinuous aggregate of four instruments which themselves become dissected by playing techniques which require the performer to revisit the habitual body-instrument relationship.
SOUND ECOLOGIES: LISTENING IN THE CITY
Wednesday 18 November 2009, 10am-4pm Department of Music, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
A day of presentations, participatory workshops and informal performance around themes of urban sound, networked sound, locative media and acoustic ecology – the relationship between living beings and their environment, as mediated by sound. Featuring Furtherfield.org (Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett), and guest speakers Stanza, Peter Cusack, Ximena Alarcón and Pedro Rebelo.