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Machine Fantasies: A Workshop on Music Technologies–Past, Present, and Future

April 4-5, 2014
The Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center
Tufts University


This workshop brings together composers, performers, scholars, and engineers to explore new and old musical instruments, interactive systems for performance and composition, and the origins and implications of our profound emotional involvements with musical technologies over the centuries. With a keynote by noted composer and scholar George Lewis, "Why do we want our machines to improvise?", the workshop will include popular, classical, and other world music traditions. Participants will bring perspectives from musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, performance, sound studies, the history of science and technology, and engineering. The workshop will conclude with a concert of live electroacoustic music involving piano, oud, percussion, electric guitar, iPad, and metronome.

The events of the workshop are made possible by the Granoff Music Fund.

All events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required to guarantee a space for the four workshop sessions on Friday and Saturday. See below for a list of participants, the workshop schedule, registration information, local hotel information, directions to the Granoff Music Center, and parking information.

Participants include:

Joseph Auner – Tufts, musicology, history of technology
Eliot Bates – University of Birmingham (UK), ethnomusicology, performance
Christopher Burns – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, composition
Eric Chasalow – Brandeis University, composition
Ming Chow – Tufts, computer science
Mike D'Errico – UCLA, musicology, performance
Anthony De Ritis – Northeastern, composition
Emily Dolan – University of Pennsylvania, musicology, history of science
Joshua Fineberg – Boston University, composition
Bonnie Gordon – University of Virginia, musicology, history of science
Robert Jacob and Beste Yuksel – Tufts, computer science
Paul Lehrman – Tufts, music engineering
George Lewis – Columbia University, composition, musicology, improvisation
Joseph Paradiso – MIT Media Lab, computer science
Alexander Rehding – Harvard University, theory, history of technology
Margaret Schedel – Stony Brook University, composition, performance
Jonathan Sterne – McGill University, sound studies, media and communications
Hans Tutschku – Harvard University, composition
Daniel Weymouth – Stony Brook University, composition

Friday, April 4, 2014

Varis Lecture Hall (Room 155), Granoff Music Center
2:45-3:00pm   Welcome
3:00-5:30pm   Workshop Session 1: Interface
5:30-6:00pm   Break
Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center
6:00-7:30pm   Keynote: George Lewis, "Why Do We Want Our Machines to Improvise?"

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Varis Lecture Hall (Room 155), Granoff Music Center
9:00-9:30am   Coffee
9:30-11:59am   Workshop Session 2: Affect
12:00-1:30pm   Break
1:30-4:00pm   Workshop Session 3: Histories
4:15-6:00pm   Workshop Session 4: Futures
Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center
8:00-10:00pm   Concert

Eliot Bates, Periyodik Düzensizlik [Periodic Disorderliness], oud and electronics
Christopher Burns, Xenoglossia, guitar and electronics
Mike D'Errico, Generative IPad Interfaces for Sound Design: A Lecture-Performance
Margaret Schedele, Tatoo of a Gesture, percussion and electronics
Chris Howard, percussion
Hans Tutschku, Still Air 1, bass clarinet and electronics
Rane Moore, bass clarinet
Daniel Weymouth, Metronome Etudes, piano and electronic metronome
John McDonald, piano

Registration Information

To register for the workshop sessions, please send an email to Joseph.Auner@tufts.edu by
March 21, 2014 indicating your name and which sessions you would like to attend. Space is limited. The Friday keynote address and Saturday concert are free and open to the public.

Friday, April 4

3:00-5:30pm   Workshop Session 1: Interface

Saturday, April 5

9:30-11:59am   Workshop Session 2: Affect
1:30-4:00pm   Workshop Session 3: Histories
4:15-6:00pm   Workshop Session 4: Futures

Hotel Information

Hyatt Place Medford
116 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

The Hyatt Place is located in Medford Square, just a mile away from Tufts University. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service within a 3-mile radius including service to Tufts campus, complimentary indoor and outdoor parking, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast daily.

Holiday Inn Boston-Somerville
30 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143

The Holiday Inn Boston-Somerville is located near Sullivan Square, three miles away from Tufts University and is accessible by car from I-93, I-90, or by public transportation.

Sheraton Commander Hotel
16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Sheraton Commander Hotel is located 3 miles from Tufts, within walking distance from the Harvard Square Red Line subway station and buses to the campus. The hotel offers upscale accommodations with on-site valet parking.

La Quinta Inns & Suites Boston/Somerville
23 Cummings Street, Somerville, MA 02145

La Quinta Inns & Suites is located in Assembly Square, 3 miles away from Tufts campus. The hotel is off I-93 and is close to public transportation.

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