Harvestworks Interactive Music Workshop at RPI

Harvestworks Interactive Music Workshop at RPI

West Hall, Room 118

March 26, 2008 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sponsored by the New York Music Fund

The Artist's Guide to Useful Technology is a two-year project of workshops,
symposia, consultations, tutorials and problem-solving forums taught by the Harvestworks staff at art and music centers around New York State.

For the last thirty years Harvestworks has offered composers on-site recording studios, workshops and classes in emerging technologies supporting the pioneers of computer music with equipment and instruction. Harvestworks is now a leading center of music technology investigation and application. Our artist/engineers/instructors are experts in their practice— in many cases they developed and write the manuals for new software and hardware.

Computer driven media is changing the fabric of our daily lives. These complex mechanizations and databases deliver sound, images and kinetic objects with increasing speed and personalized accuracy. As art becomes more dependent on technology, a thorough understanding of both the possibilities and implementation becomes increasingly important for artists in all fields. Without this information, it can become increasingly difficult for them to realize their vision.

Our current services reflect the technological needs of composers. We offer classes in sensor building, interactive performance systems and programming environments, computer based recording programs, immersive performance and listening experiences, all of which have become significant tools for the creation, performance and distribution of music.

This free workshop will take place in West Hall at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Wednesday March 26 from 4pm – 6pm.  In the first part of the session, Hans Tammen, composer and production manager from Harvestworks, and Dafna Naphtali, composer and Harvestworks consultant will give a lecture about current and recent artistic projects at Harvestworks. In the second part of the workshop they will be available for individual Project Management consultations from workshop participants. Consultations will outline project resources, timelines, skill needs and financial estimates.
Hans and Dafna will give a concert in the evening.


About the Presenters


About Hans Tammen
His music has been described as a journey through the land of unending sonic operations, his playing as reverse engineering of the guitar. He recorded with a wide range of artists such as Herb Robertson, Denman Maroney, Günther Müller, Keith Rowe, Alfred 23 Harth, or Dominic Duval. He works as a production manager at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York, responsible for the oversight of all projects related to Max/MSP/Jitter and Physical Computing.

About Dafna Naphtali
Dafna Naphtali is a sound-artist/improviser-composer from an eclectic background of music-making. A singer/guitarist/electronic-musician she performs and composes using her custom Max/MSP/Jitter programs for sound processing of voice and other instruments that she has been writing since 1992. Besides her composing and improvised projects, she co-leads the digital chamber punk ensemble, What is it Like to be a Bat? with Kitty Brazelto. and has collaborated / performed with Lukas Ligeti, David First, Joshua Fried, Ras Moshe, Kathleen Supovê and Hans Tammen.

About Harvestworks
    
Founded in 1977 to cultivate artistic talent using electronic technologies, Harvestworks' mission is to encourage the creation and expand the dissemination of digital media artwork. From its central SOHO location and through its Internet presence Harvestworks provides accessible and coordinated digital media production, education, information and content distribution services to a diverse creative community that includes electronic music composers, interactive media designers, film and video makers, digital tool developers and computer programmers. By bringing together innovative practitioners from all branches of the digital arts, Harvestworks provides a vital context and catalyst for creativity in the digital arts. Our spring program includes the New York Electronic Arts Festival and the New Interfaces for Music Expression conference from May 12, - June 10, 2007.  www.harvestworks.org and www.NIME.org

About The New York State Music Fund

The New York State Music Fund is established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The Fund is a grant program that increases availability and accessibility of music by contemporary artists to diverse audiences and communities throughout New York State.
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