[PD] Virtual faculty for art and science event 20 and 21

Grzesiek Sedek grzesiek at mi2.hr
Mon Oct 20 03:40:06 CEST 2003


Global Threads, a virtual faculty for art and science, is an
international project of presentations by artists and scientists over a
high-bandwidth forum for the MARCEL Network.  The following events are
schedule this month, October, during Resonances-2003 organized by IRCAM,
Georges-Pompidou Centre


The following talks will be transmited over the Access Grid platform
being used by several MARCEL members. <www.accessgrid.org>

Access Grid – MARCEL Room

History and Speculation 

Monday 20 octobre 2003, 17:30 to 19:00 GMT

Jean-Claude Risset (composer)

A pioneering composer of computer music, Jean-Claude Risset began
exploratory work in the 1960s. He is most well known as one of the
principal pioneers of computer sound synthesis along with Max Mathews
and John Chowning. In his Virtual Faculty lecture he will talk about
music, illusions, auditory and visual deception.

History and perspectives in live performances.

Tuesday, October 21st 2003, 17:30 to 19:00 GMT

Miller Puckette (inventor of Max and professor at the University of San
David Zicarelli (developer of Max/MSP software and director of
Cycling'74, at IRCAM),
Norbert Schnell (responsible of the Ircam Real Time Application Team, at

MAX, invented at IRCAM in the middle of the eighties and up till now
licensed by Cycling'74, keeps on establishing itself as the world
standard of musical interactivity. Its history and present evolution
will be analyzed in the light of recent musical and multimedia projects.

About Modularity 

A modular system gives you a set of pieces -building blocks- that fit
together. The idea is simple and universal as children's toys. Modular
systems reflect a view of the world in which there is no single right
answer. I believe this is ideal when applied to music and art, where
there exists an infinite space of possibilities for creativ eexpression.
But just as many solutions are possible with a modular system, many
dimensions of modularity are also possible. In other words, many ways of
dividing up the world into components and many ways of systematizing
their interconnection. 

I will provide examples of "modular thinking" as it has been practiced
in my little corner of the world, using Max/MSP and related
technologies. I will also suggest some of the newer dimensions of
modularity that I want to explore in the future. Finally, I want to
contrast the modular and non-modular (what I call
"rationalized")approaches, identifying where each is strongest. The
answer is paradoxical : a modular system is best for building a
non-modular system, and vice versa.

Grzesiek Sedek <grzesiek at mi2.hr>

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