May 12

Performance Archive

Interactive Music Festival Part I

Sunday, June 21st, 2009 at 3:00pm Part of Make Music NY

Boardwalk at Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 10012

Subway: Q, F, D, N to Surf Avenue

Defined as using an instrument or an object to control or be altered by a computer or digital process, this interactive music festival will feature six unique composers/performers:

Joshua Fried – playing on his famous shoes, capturing live radio broadcasts, and using a large steering wheel to manipulate the sounds.

John Morton – using mechanical music boxes he has altered, and laptop Max program to “re-masticate” the music.

Dafna Naphtali – programs Max/MSP on computer to interact with her voice or any live input such as the sounds around her at the moment.

Jane Rigler - the flute is plugged into the computer and electronically processed. Jane is also co-developer of the Music Cre8tor, a small cube motion-controller designed for children and the handicapped to make electronic music.

David Simons – the Theremin, one of the earliest electronic musical instruments, becomes a hyper-sensitive proximity-controlled trigger for sampler.

Zemi Taylor Kuffner - GAMELATRON, a robot playing Gamelan will represent LEMUR (the League of Musical Urban Robots) – mechanical acoustic instruments that are computer controlled.

The free festival will take place on the Boardwalk of Coney Island on the Make Music New York day, the first day of summer. The Music Cre8tor, a featured interactive instrument developed by Harvestworks and the Manhattan New Music Project, will be available for demonstration and audience participation.

The Music Cre8tor was originally conceived by MNMP founder Paul Nash for children with disabilities. Wii remotes adapted for use with a laptop allow motion sensor technology to facilitate music composition electronically.

This performance is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.