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Bridging the gap between composition, technology, and performance

“We seek to be a resource for the arts and technology community by creating blogs, tutorials, and workshops on digital arts practices. The computer music design team also develops new technologies for performance. Drawing on our own knowledge and experience we discuss creative practices using common platforms such as Max/MSP and Arduino, as well as providing custom-created hardware and software tools.”

Computer Music Design Team

Ian Hattwick

Ian_HeadshotIan Hattwick is a composer, performer, and designer of digital musical instruments and interactive artwork. He is interested in ways in which digital technologies can encourage collaborative performance through compositional choices, hardware design, and mapping strategies. In collaboration with artists and scientific researchers he has created a variety of hardware systems for artistic performance, including the Prosthetic Instruments for interactive dance, the interactive multi-modal interface the Pearl, and a full-body vibrotactile enhanced garment for the multi-sensory art installation Ilinx. He has written music for a wide range of musical contexts, including chamber works, solo performer and electronics, percussion ensemble, computer music ensembles, and live drum’n’bass. His work has been featured in performance in the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Canada, the US, and Japan. He is currently a PhD researcher in the Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab at McGill University under the supervision of Marcelo Wanderley.

Preston Beebe

Preston BeebePreston_profile is a composer and percussionist who uses technology at the forefront of his work. His artistic approach involves audio feature extraction, organic processes, microscopic and invisible elements and how they interact in space and time. Spanning chamber, live-electronic, acousmatic, art installation, improvisation, and site-specific performances, his work has been performed in France, Spain, England, Greece, Canada, and the USA.

Along with Ian Hattwick and Zachary Hale, Preston is the recipient of the 2012-2014 CIRMMT Award to develop a digital percussion instrument using audio feature extraction and to compose a series of works for it. From 2014-2015, he attended CURSUS 1 at IRCAM, and composed a work for baritone saxophone & electronics, performed in the Centre G. Pompidou in Paris.

Preston holds a masters in music composition from McGill University; bachelors in music composition, electronic music, and percussion performance from the University of South Florida. He has studied composition with Philippe Leroux, Hector Parra, Chihchun Chi-sun Lee; percussion with Robert McCormick; lessons and workshops with Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, Yan Maresz, Trevor Wishart, and Augusta Read Thomas.

In April of 2011, Preston released an album of his acousmatic music entitled, Glisten. As a percussionist, Preston can be heard performing with the McCormick Percussion Group on the albums, Music For Keyboard Percussions and Concerti For Strings With Percussion Orchestra, distributed through Naxos. In September 2012, with his percussion duo, 4eyes, he released the album entitled mountain.

Zachary Hale

Zach_headshotZachary Hale is a percussionist, composer, and programmer who bridges the gaps between music technology and music performance. After having played and recorded with the McCormick Percussion Group as well as in Broadway theatre productions such as Legally Blonde and South Pacific, he attended McGill University to study with Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola. Currently residing in Montréal, he performs with Ensemble Paramirabo, the Ciao Rhino quartet, and the electric duo N[i]Quest.

With a focus on the mixture of performance and technology, he has presented performances and talks at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference, PASIC Tech Day, Transplanted Roots Percussion Symposium, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), and the Atlantic Music Festival (Future Music Lab).

He has been a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media, and Technology (CIRMMT) since 2011 and along with Ian Hattwick and Preston Beebe received the 2012-2013 CIRMMT Director’s Interdisciplinary Excellence Prize to create the SpectraSurface and corresponding Unsounding Objects compositions.

He holds a Bachelor of Music in percussion, composition, and electronic music from the University of South Florida, and a Master of Music in percussion from McGill University. He studied percussion with Robert McCormick, Fabrice Marandola, and Aiyun Huang and composition/electronic music with Baljinder Sekhon, Paul Reller, Michael Sidney Timpson, and Mari Kimura.