signup: Agential Instruments Design Workshop @ AIMC2023

Physical and gestural musical instruments that take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning to explore instrumental agency are becoming more accessible due to the development of new tools and workflows specialised for mobility, portability, efficiency and low latency. This full-day, hands-on workshop will provide all of these tools to participants along with support from their creators, enabling rapid creative exploration of their applications a musical instrument design.

Tools will include neural drum synthesis for Bela Pepper, smart textile sensors, the Tölvera A-Life library, the Living Looper neural synthesis instrument, the Notochord and Scramble MIDI processors, the Organolib system of prepared technical elements, the HITar augmented acoustic guitar, an interaction design system for sensor to timbre mappings, and a tutorial on XAI.

This workshop will take place in person on Wed, July 30.
  • Welcome/Introduction

    • 10-15min intro talk from the organisers and group introductions

  • Session 1: Hacking

    • Short tutorials covering

      • Sensors, gestures and signal processing

      • Acoustics, sound, synthesis, feedback, actuation

      • Mapping, training, refining

    • Comfort break

    • Instrument hacking

  • Lunchbreak

  • Session 2: Playing

    • Instrument design

    • Comfort break

    • Demos and improvisations

    • Final discussion

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