CNMAT's live streaming concert for the opening ceremony of the AI x MUSIC festival will be featured in The Grid: Exposure - Art + Tech + Policy Days on Saturday, September 12, 2020 , 9-9:30 am PST.

***NOTE: This event is online only -- see The Grid: Exposure - Art + Tech + Policy Days for details.***


WAVEGUIDE - 2017 - percussion, distributed audio and electronics (9 min.)
            Music composition and performance by Andrew Blanton
            Text by Yvette Granata
            Composition and software by Andrew Blanton
            Special thanks to Neal Riley for technical support.
CORAIL - version 2020 - improvising saxophonist and interactive computer system (9 min.)
          Composition and computer environment design by Edmund Campion, Director, CNMAT
            Tenor Saxophone by Steve Adams
            Software contributions by Manuel Poletti, Matthew Wright, Edmund Campion (and a host of others)
This concert is being streamed live from the open-air lawn at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and made possible by CNMAT Researcher and Technical Director, Jeremy Wagner  and Department of Music, Audio Technician, Brendan West.
WAVEGUIDE is an attempt to draw a critical reflection on the growing dependence on networked computation, the new interconnected nature of our artificially intelligent cultural reality and intervene in this newfound intimacy with the glossy black panes of glass. The work was initially conceived to send data from drums on the stage, to a remote server, and back through the audience's cell phones in real time, using the networked infrastructure of the internet as a resonant body for the drums. But in light of the ongoing pandemic, the work uses the infrastructure of the internet to perform through the audience's browsers as they watch the screened performance from remote locations via live video and interactive webpage. Still using the internet as a resonant body, the work creates a multi-headed virtual sound sculpture, connecting the audience and performer in that third virtual space.

CORAIL (Coral) is performed by an improvising saxophonist who interacts with a computer system simply by playing his instrument.  The computer extracts fine details of gesture, pitch, dynamics, durations and silences, then transforms the data into an oceanic sound space. Constrained and guided by the ocean of sound, the soloist is instructed to seek a balance within the environment.  The musician learns to play through playing, and together with the computer-generated responses establishes a feedback and feedforward eco-system. The oceanic sound can be turbulent, but the soloist is instructed to work with the computer as a partner, not an adversary. The musical score for CORAIL consists of a number of "flight training" exercises designed to help the soloist learn to interact without destroying a fragile relationship. It is very easy for any player to create chaos within this system, but a great saxophonist like Steve Adams is able to find beautiful design and that is the goal. The piece is dedicated to John Campion.




Andrew Blanton

Composer, Performer, and PhD Candidate, CNMAT, UC Berkeley
Andrew Blanton is a PhD student in music composition at the University of California Berkeley. His work has been performed and presented around the world in venues such as Google Cultural Lab in Paris, The University of Brasilia, The City University of Hong Kong, and STEIM Amsterdam.


Edmund Campion

Director, CNMAT, UC Berkeley


Steve Adams

Composer + Performer on saxophones, flutes and electronics, CNMAT, UC Berkeley
Steve Adams is active both as a composer and a performer on saxophones, flutes and electronics. Steve is best known as a member of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, with whom he has played for over thirty years and released more than thirty recordings.


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CNMAT is dedicated to multidisciplinary research and the creative use of sound, linking the concert hall to the laboratory. Our center creates new works of music/art as well as researches, builds and distributes software tools that resonate strongly with the AI and Music theme.

AI x MUSIC Festival

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ARS ELECTRONICA 2020 "IN KEPLER'S GARDEN"Ars Electronica 2020 addresses the current feeling of uncertainty about how the Corona crisis will shape us as individuals, as societies, and as humanity.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020, 9:00am to 9:30am
1750 Arch St.
Berkeley, CA
This Event is Free and Open to the Public