What would happen if you sat the designers of Reaktor, the LinnStrument, Ableton Live, and Kyma down together on a couch and asked them to talk about how music influences technology, how technology influences music, and what exactly is a musical instrument anyway? That’s what happened at the 2015 Loop Summit. Dennis DeSantis (author of Making Music and moderator of the discussion) wrote this summary with video clips.
Composer/sound designer Silvia Matheus is one of the presenters on the scientific program of the 12th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR2016) in São Paulo, Brazil on 05-08 July 2016. Matheus’ talk, State of Art in Sound Design, Production and Synthesis will include an opportunity for conference attendees to learn more about how Silvia uses Kyma in her sound design and composition work and to interact directly with her Kyma 7/Pacarana system.
Composer/performer, Steven Ricks invited Carla Scaletti to Brigham Young University for the week of March 7 to work with his students, present lectures, and participate in two concerts. Here’s the full schedule:
Tuesday, March 8
Barlow Lecture: “Data-driven”
3PM at BYU (E400 Harris Fine Arts Center, 50-minute lecture)
Wednesday, March 9
“Computer Music” Looking back/looking forward
11AM E400 HFAC, 50-minute lecture
Thursday, March 10
Overview of Kyma 7
11AM at BYU Electronic Music Studio
Thursday, March 10
Group for New Music, featuring works by Scaletti, Adler, Cage, Pärt
7:30PM BYU Madsen Recital Hall
Friday, March 11
7:30 PM Art 270 Gallery
Salt Lake City
When PhD candidate Madison Heying discovered there was a Kyma system at the University of California at Santa Cruz and that Kristin Erickson, Technical Coordinator of the Digital Arts & New Media center also had a personal Kyma system, they decided to organize the Kyma Klub — an informal group of students and staff members who meet weekly to read through Kyma X Revealed and teach themselves Kyma. The first public performance by club members was AQULAQUTAQU — a sci-fi operetta by Madison Heying & Kristin Erickson (voice & Kyma) with Matthew Galvin (voice & video), David Kant (voice), and Maya Galvin (narrator) — that they premiered at KISS2015 in Bozeman Montana (home of first contact).
In early February 2016, UCSC faculty composer Larry Polansky invited Kyma creators Carla Scaletti and Kurt Hebel to UC Santa Cruz where Carla presented a graduate colloquium on data sonification and a seminar on sound design in Kyma 7.
Here, Madison and Kristin are presenting some of the generative algorithms they implemented in Kyma for AQULAQUTAQU:
After the seminar, the Kyma Klub invited Kurt and Carla to Kristin’s studio where David Kant interviewed Kurt,
and Kristin Erickson interviewed Carla, while Matthew Galvin filmed their responses in front of a green screen for an as-yet-undisclosed proposal the Kyma Klub members have in mind to make for KISS2016.
Note the special blacklight Kyma Klub T-shirts (with matching event posters) designed and printed by Kristin and Madison for the visit.
Wiener Klangwerkstatt’s Tonsalon, the Viennese sound workshop founded in 2007, is now open to the public! You are invited to attend three Tonsalon events at Elektro Gönner in Vienna on the 2nd Tuesday of each month:
8 March 2016
12 April 2016
10 May 2016
In June, they yield to the soccer season and will resume again in the fall.
The program for the first Tonsalon on 8 March 2016 will be:
20:00: “No random random notes”, a lecture by Bruno Liberda
21:00: “Taming of the fact”, a live perfomance by Marina Poleukhina & Alexander Chernyshkov & Bruno Liberda
For updates and information on future performances, follow Tonsalon on Facebook.
Here’s a previous performance by Marina and Alexander:
Have you ever wanted to do audio morphing like this?
UK Kyma Users’ group organizer Simon Smith announces that the second meeting of the group will take place at the University of West London, Ealing on the Saturday 20th of February from 10:30 am to 4:30pm and will feature a morphing masterclass by Pete Johnston.
Charlie Norton, Kyma user and senior lecturer at University of West London, has generously agreed to host the event at the University music studios. The day will consist of a Masterclass/Workshop in the morning then after lunch, mingling, brainstorming and sharing of Kyma tips and hints. Also this will be an ideal opportunity to talk to the local organisers of this year’s Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS2016) in Leicester UK: Craig Vear and Simon Smith.
If you would like to morph your own sounds at the workshop, please bring your Kyma system with headphones and some sound files you wish to morph.
To reserve a space, please email organizer Simon Smith.
Saturday 28 November 2015 from 16.00 to 18.00
Dude Club – via Boncompagni, 44 Milano
The workshop is free but space is limited to 25 participants, so please register early if you’d like to ensure your place in the workshop!
Access to the NeverEngine Labs virtual laboratories is through a monthly or yearly subscription; each lab is a library of sounds and instruments for Kyma 7, and each month, they focus on a different aspect of sound design, so you can get a taste of the limitless continuum of sound design that is Kyma 7.
Kyma had a strong presence at the 2015 International Computer Music Conference in Denton Texas, September 25 — October 1, including live performances by
— Iacopo Sinigaglia (@iacopoconlai) September 28, 2015
and fixed media pieces by Fred Szymanski and Jinshuo Feng. (If we’ve left anyone out, please let us know!)
Thanks to the ICMC 2015 organizers, presenters, and composers!
Special thanks to the ICMC organizers, Wang Chi, Sun Hua, and Jon Bellona for the photos and Iacopo Sinigaglia for the video excerpt.
Berkley-California-based composer/performer, Silvia Matheus, will be presenting a Kyma 7 seminar in Portuguese on October 8th 2015 at 1 pm in room 324 of FASM (Faculdade Santa Marcelina Convida) in São Paolo, Brazil.
Matheus describes Kyma as more than a language, but a complete production system for unique sound design used in the most famous film and sound production studios. In this seminar, she will demonstrate Kyma and provide an overview of the Pacarana system and Kyma language, addressing the numerous possibilities for sound transformation derived from this innovative and complex system.
No prerequisites are required and all compositores, músicos, sonoplastas, pesquisadores, game designers e artistas de som are invited to attend.
Faculdade Santa Marcelina – FASM
R. Dr. Emílio Ribas
89 – Perdizes
São Paulo – SP, 05006-020, Brazil
+55 11 3824-5800
Roland Kuit and filmmaker Karin Schomaker were at STEIM on 4 September to present Patterns as an articulated language. Recently, Kuit has been intertwining synthesizers and Kyma, recently it was the Buchla and this time it was Kyma/NMG2.