Composition Seminar: Keith Hamel and Megumi Masaki

Tuesday 27 February 2018, 4.00PM

Interactive computer music in live piano performance

Performing with interactive computer music and interactive visuals that can sound and look different each time creates an array of possibilities for the pianist and composer/visual artist/computer to respond to each other in real time. Advances in computer technology in recent decades have impacted the diversity of ways performers can interact with live electronics and visuals. The advent of interactive performance software Max/MSP, Jitter, and music notation software NoteAbilityPro, allow for a greater dynamic interaction between the pianist and composer in all stages of the development, creation, rehearsals and performances. This has led to a proliferation of composers that create works for piano and interactive computer music, and collaborations of performers, composers and visual artists creating interactive multimedia works. Touch by Keith Hamel written for Megumi Masaki is a composition for piano, interactive computer processing and gesture tracking of the pianist’s hands. The software applications and gesture, hand-tracking technology allows the computer-controlled electronics to “listen” to the piano sounds captured by microphones and follows the hand gestures of the pianist captured by a web camera in real-time. The pianist also listens and responds to the composer and computer-controlled electronics, creating new possibilities for flexible, interactive artistic expression in live performance.”

Location: Rymer Auditorium