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A CIRMMT Research Axis 4 Workshop with Laetitia Sonami. Registration required.

What
  • Research Workshop
When Mar 07, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where A412, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St W
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A412, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St W

*To access this floor, please enter the library located on the 3rd floor and take the elevator down the hall to your left.

March 7, 2017: 12:00-2:00pm


REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Laetitia Sonami: New Instruments and Neural Networks Registration

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Abstract

Laetitia Sonami will do a presentation on the evolution and implementation of her newest instrument as well as a discussion and demonstration of her use of neural networks in the Wekinator environment. The Wekinator is an open source software originally created in 2009 by Rebecca Fiebrink that allows the use of machine learning to build new musical instruments, gestural game controllers, computer vision or computer listening systems, and more.

About Laetitia Sonami

Composer, performer, sonami2and sound installation artist Laetitia Sonami was born in France and settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in the emerging field of electronic music. She studied with Eliane Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley, and David Behrman.

Her sound performances, live-film collaborations, and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. She has devised gestural controllers for performance and applies new technologies and appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy through sound, place, and objects. She has performed for 20 years with her lady’s glove, and is now developing a new series of work entitled “Magnetic Memories in the Age of the Oracle” which explores magnetic forces, memory, and archeological deposits of sound layers. Her latest instrument, the Spring Spyre, uses neural networks developed by Rebecca Fiebrink (Goldsmith University).

The trajectory of Sonami’s research is guided by careful attention to the notion of presence in both the staged performative works and its concomitant gesture of embodiment in installations. Exploring invisible media on the electromagnetic plane, Sonami’s unique approach questions the validity of “efficiency” long associated with the medium. She poses a series of questions which invite viewers to discover new behaviors through erratic performance and to project imagined connections onto networks of silent copper.

Sonami’s recent projects include OCCAM IX, a composition created with Eliane Radigue, an improvisation duo, Sparrows and Ortolans with James Fei, and an upcoming installation, le Corps Sonore, at the Rubin Museum in NYC in collaboration with Eliane Radigue and Bob Bielecki. Sonami has performed in numerous festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and China. She lives in Oakland, California and is a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College, and the Milton Avery MFA program at Bard College.

 

 

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