Proposal to create & perform an instrument as part of an Emergent Ensemble at KISS2016
Propose to create a “Kyma instrument” that you would like to perform on as part of an emergent ensemble.
What is an instrument? That will become a point for discussion during KISS2016. Suffice it to say that it is likely to include one or more sources of control data (could be an audio signal, could be a commercially available controller, or could be a controller that you created for yourself) and a sufficiently expressive Kyma Sound (or Multigrid or Timeline of Sounds).
What is sufficiently expressive? You should, with practice, be able to play a sustained, a staccato, a pitched, a pitch-less, or a sforzando sound; you should be able to play loudly and softly and make gradual or sudden transitions; you should be able to imitate what you hear, or play the opposite of what you hear.
Submit a proposal you have for an instrument or, better yet, send a link to some examples of you performing your instrument. If you impress the judges, you may be invited to join one of several KISS2016 Emergent Ensembles directed by Robert Jarvis, of the London Improvisors Orchestra (
Your email address
We won't share your email with anyone else.
Name of your instrument
Even if your instrument doesn't have a name yet, please come up with a short descriptive name to help us keep track of your proposal. Thanks!
Brief description of the instrument
What is the source of data (or control)? How is the audio or data stream mapped to the parameters of Kyma Sound(s)? How do you perform it? Anything else that would help give us an idea of how it works?
Which elements of your instrument could you bring along with you to KISS2016?
The more elements of your performance setup that you can provide, the more practical it will be for us to form an Emergent Ensemble at KISS2016. Thanks! (We can provide mic stands, chairs, tables, lights).
Controller (data source) and cables to connect with Paca(rana) audio interface
Paca(rana), laptop with Kyma 7 installed, and audio interface
Small monitors for my audio output (OR, see the next option)
OR balanced stereo outs from my audio interface to send to a central shared mixer
Microphone(s), camera(s), or other sensor(s) required by my instrument
Are you also proposing a talk and/or live performance related to this instrument for KISS2016?
Yes, I'm also proposing a technical talk describing my instrument
Yes, I'm also proposing a live performance of my own work with this instrument
Yes, I am also proposing a hands-on workshop teaching others how to make and/or perform this instrument
No, this is my only proposal for KISS2016
Link to speaker's biography (or enter the bio here)
If you cannot provide monitors, what is the output from your audio interface?
Two jacks (or phone plugs) from my audio interface
Two XLR outputs from my audio interface
Any other concerns or requirements?
For example, are you using a camera or light sensor that might be sensitive to lighting in the venue? Do you require an especially large table for your instrument? Do you prefer to sit on the floor? Please list any and all concerns that come to mind to help us with the technical planning. Thanks!
Have you performed this instrument before? If yes, a link to a video of your performance.
If you don't have video from a previous performance, it would be helpful if you could make a short video for us — nothing fancy, just use your phone to make a video of yourself performing staccato, legato, loudly, softly, and a making couple of transitions (sudden and gradual), and whatever else you feel inspired to play. Thanks!
Please give us some idea of your previous performance experience (to help us place you with others who come from similar backgrounds)
Professional touring musician
Studied music improvisation
Studied classical music (but not improvisation)
Never performed live before but I'm eager to try it!
Am used to performing live (but don't do it every day)
Where are you comfortable performing?
Anywhere! When my instrument is in my hands, I'm comfortable
Concert or recital hall (controlled conditions, seated audience)
Club environment (audience may be talking, eating, dancing)
Rehearsal room only! I want to play with others but am not ready for a concert performance!
Do you play any other instruments or do other forms of live performance?
It's not a requirement! We're just curious. And we may ask you to read a text or play the piano to fill out the ensemble if that's ok with you.
Please list other "furniture" you may need such as tables, chairs, music stands, lights, podium, or other non-electrical items.
Approximately how many UK power outlets will you require? Does all of your equipment work with 230 V, 50 Hz? (Hint, your laptop & Paca(rana) will work without voltage-converters but you may need plug adapters).
For reference, here's a UK power strip & plug:
How much setup time is required prior to presentation?
Anything else? Please let us know about any other considerations (technical or otherwise) that we may have overlooked.
Please check: Yes!
Since KISS2016 is all about human interaction, we ask that, should your proposal be accepted, you will attend the symposium to present your work (if unavoidable, unforeseen circumstances arise that prevent your attendance, your presentation may have to be dropped from the program). Also, since the proposals are carefully reviewed by a selection committee, we ask that if your proposal is accepted, that you not substitute a different proposal without submitting the new proposal for a full review by the selection committee. Although, our budget sadly does not allow for remuneration of presenters or performers, De Montfort University has generously offered a conference fee waiver to each principal presenter and a discounted (student rate) conference fee for co-presenters and performers.
Yes, I understand the constraints you are operating under and happily agree to the conditions
No, I am unable to accept these conditions
Thank you for your proposal! How excited are you about performing with the KISS2016 Emergent Ensemble in Leicester this September?
Jolly excited indeed
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