Analogous Interactions: ICMC 2010 Welcome Concert

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At the intersection of computer music and emergent phenomena..

8:00 p.m., Monday, May 31st, 2010

With performances by
Arne Eigenfeldt
Jon Weinel
Will Orzo

Map to Issue Project Room
232 3rd Street
Brooklyn NY 11215-2714
(M/R to Union)

[size=8]NEW YORK[/size] - Analogous Projects and Issue Project Room present three selected submissions exploring the intersection of computer music and emergent phenomena, as part of the International Computer Music Conference 2010. Drawing inspiration from performative ecologies, musical improvisation, reality-based games, biomedical hacking, and chaordic systems, each nondeterministic work will be performed live following a short conceptual introduction by the composer:

In Equilibrio (Arne Eigenfeldt) is a realtime generative composition for either Disklavier or sampled piano, created by Kinetic Engine, a multiagent software designed by the composer. Responding to control over density, the first set of six agents interact to create an evolutionary rhythmic structure, communicating amongst themselves and altering their patterns in an effort to balance their own goals with those of the other agents. Rhythmic events are passed to a second set of six agents, which assign specific pitches: these decisions are mediated by their own desire to explore their environments, while balancing the ensemble goal of an artificial harmonic balance.

Entoptic Phenomena (Jon Weinel) is one of several works which utilise The Atomizer, a specially designed live electronics patch for laptop which facilitates the improvisational production of streams of Sonic Atoms. Sonic Atoms are a concept created by the artist La Peste for his flashcore music, and are considered as a means through which to explore complexity through micro rhythmic pulses.

Giraffe (Will Orzo) is centered on a program which, in real-time, generates unique and audible solutions to a problem of post-tonal music theory and composition: How can one traverse pitch-class space in the most musically meaningful way? Giraffe (written in Pure Data) generates emergence via the interaction of rule-based agents, to produce a harmonically rich four-part texture. Agents detect several quantified musical features in the context of predetermined thresholds, and fire in response to critical values. Using this neural-like algorithm, Giraffe addresses the issue of creating musical coherence through emergence, thereby navigating the tetrachords in an aesthetically compelling manner. This performance of Giraffe illustrates the concept of integrative levels, by building upon the emergence already inherent in the program itself: A group of improvising musicians interact with Giraffe for the first time, before a live audience.

Admission is free and open to the public.



Marie Evelyn (Chair)
Jenny Torino (Assistant Chair)
Douglas Repetto
Galen Joseph-Hunter
James McDermott
Kurt Gottschalk
Philip Galanter
Zach Layton



Complexity theory is not new to art or to our culture. It migrated from computer science and biology to economics and art and, with the advent of the world wide web, it invaded our collective subconscious. Analogous seeks to support complexity-driven art and artists playing under this conceptual umbrella of "Interaction Art". Progress occurs by metaphor and analogy: Their hope is (by bringing together people and projects irrespective of media and genre) to enable philosophical crosstalk.

Analogous events and performances have been reviewed in The Wire, Make Magazine, Time Out New York, and The Village Voice. They received a Village Voice Best-of-NYC Award in October 2008 for "Best Arts Organization Centered Around Recycling". For more information about Analogous and current Analogous projects, visit



The International Computer Music Association is an international affiliation of individuals and institutions involved in the technical, creative, and performance aspects of computer music. It serves composers, engineers, researchers and musicians who are interested in the integration of music and technology.



Issue Project Room provides an open and versatile environment where both established and emerging artists can conduct, exhibit and perform new and site-specific work according to their respective visions. Through an evolving collaboration with curators, artists and educators, ISSUE Project Room fosters a wide-range of artistic projects that challenge and expand conventional practices in art. ISSUE Project Room fulfills its mission through a series of innovative programs, events, exhibitions, performances, talks and concerts.