2021


December 21st, 2021

5pm-6pm

Doug Van Nort Electro-Acoustic Orchestra: Works for the Winter Soltice

Since summer solstice, the group continues to go deep in their explorations, leading to an ever-expanding compositional language and repertoire of palettes that blend gesture, sound, structure, fixity, and spontaneity across diverse electro/acoustic instrumentation.

Selections from this evolution of palettes, which form part of the larger “Quarantine: A Telematic nO(t)pera” project, will be performed.

Credits:

Composition and Direction:
Doug Van Nort

Electro-Acoustic Orchestra:
Tom Bickley (EWI+FM synthesis), Viv Corringham (voice+electronics ), Björn Eriksson (feedback boxes), Rory Hoy (bass+electronics), Kathy Kennedy (voice+electronics), Kieran Maraj (kin/electronics), Omar Shabbar (max/msp), Danny Sheahan (violin+electronics), Doug Van Nort (soundpainting).

Virtual Staging:
Rory Hoy

A Request:
In these times, more than ever, we need to support the arts and performing artists for their important work. That said, in this case if you tune in to listen to this performance (and even if you don’t) we ask that you instead please donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society here: https://www.irsss.ca/donate.


November 5th, 2021

4pm-5pm

You are cordially invited to attend the Dispersion Lab’s open lab meeting/presentations for Fall 2021!

We will budget 1 hour for presentations by two lab members, preparation for their respective upcoming conference talks, but will keep the zoom room open afterwards for people to virtually hang out.

Presentations:

4-4:30pm ET: Rory Hoy – Locus Diffuse: An Agent-Based Sonic Ecosystem for Collaborative Musical Play

About: Locus Diffuse is a networked multi-user instrument populated by a simulated slime mold and four human players. Mimicking the biological behavior of slime mold and establishing a virtual living network between player nodes, the system sonifies interaction along these connections. Participants use a browser based interface to play the multi-user instrument, and access an accompanying stream for audio and visual output of the system. Player responses from various play sessions are explored and reported in relation to sonic ecosystems as a product of sound sources intersected with agent behavior, defining interaction through personal connection to agents, an aural vs visual understanding of the system, and various frames of focus employed by participants in regard to human/machine and inter-human collaboration.

 

4:30-5pm ET: Janica Olpindo – Towards Inclusive and Interactive Spaces for Breakdancing

About: This talk provides a critical reflection on performance gestures within the context of ’breaking”, explored in the process of constructing an interactive system using design methodologies drawing on the framework of ”defamiliarization”. Through a user study conducted as exploratory dance sessions with female practitioners of breaking, we observe the relationship between movement and music generated by the Interactive Breaking Music System (IBMS). We question how practitioners embody breaking aesthetics in the gestures that emerge from their interaction with the IBMS and how this system might be leveraged to create a welcoming environment for b-girl practitioners, and possibly subvert or transform gender norms from breaking culture that manifest through movement.


June 20th, 2021

6pm-7pm

Doug Van Nort Electro-Acoustic Orchestra- nO(t)pera Summer Soltice Selections

Streaming Location: https://youtu.be/DVA7nL8Dq2o

The Doug Van Nort Electro-Acoustic Orchestra presents Summer Solstice Selections from Quarantine: A Telematic nO(t)pera! Since the Winter Solstice performance the group has reoriented, refined and there has been continued development of the musical material for this piece (more info on the nO(t)pera below).

For this performance, in the spirit of a summer breather, we will focus on the musical materials and leave the more complex elements like machine learning/audience participation for the fall – though there may just be a Casper the cat cameo.

Several palettes that are feeling good these days will be performed.

In these times, more than ever, we need to support the arts and performing artists for their important work. That said, in this case if you tune in to listen to this performance (and even if you don’t) we ask that you instead please donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society here: https://www.irsss.ca/donate

About:
Quarantine: A Telematic nO(t)pera is a piece by Doug Van Nort, created for the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra (EAO), for the virual space of connected isolation, for Casper the cat, and for self-sanity. It is not an Opera, but it is not not an Opera. It is a composition for musical, visual and virtual engagement. The music consists of multiple movements that span disparate sonic landscapes. It is organized by pre-composed palettes that integrate text, graphics, Soundpainting and software instruments, and are augmented with additional real-time composition via EAO’s unique Soundpainting conducting. This content is a crystallization of ideas that have emerged from months of regular online rehearsals that date back to the beginning of the pandemic, bringing together performers from three continents and numerous time zones. As a meditation on (and a product of) our network-mediated present, the nO(t)pera also introduces diverse networks of improvised collaboration: cross performer-machine collaboration, performer-animal collaboration and audience-machine-performer collaboration.

One palette from the Winter Solstice Edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPp7es0T3To

Credits:

Composition and Direction:
Doug Van Nort

Electro-Acoustic Orchestra:
Eric Bhatnagar (guitar+pedals), Tom Bickley (EWI+FM synthesis), Viv Corringham (voice+electronics ), Björn Eriksson (feedback boxes), Rory Hoy (bass+electronics), Kathy Kennedy (voice+electronics), Aida Khorsandi (notpera FM patch), Kieran Maraj (kin/electronics), Omar Shabbar (guitar+electronics), Danny Sheahan (violin+electronics), Doug Van Nort (soundpainting).

Live action-or-lack-thereof:
Casper, the cat

Cat-herding and video work:
Stacy Denton

Virtual Staging and visuals:
Rory Hoy