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Experience live music in a new way where your actions change the course of a performance.



a concert of interactive music

JoVia Armstrong
percussion and electronics

Matthew Nelson
tenor sax and electronics

Prawit Siriwat
electric guitar and electronics

Teerath Majumder
electronics and production

Steven Lewis

Melissa Tobar

scenic design

Jacob Nguyen
lighting design

Special thanks to

Blake Harrison-Lane
live and documentation audio

Jiryis Murkus Ballan
documentation videography

Niloufar Shiri

interface design assistance

Michael Dessen

dissertation advisor

Nicole Mitchell, Joanna Demers, Kojiro Umezaki & Vincent Olivieri
advancement committee

Imagine being in an art gallery where you enjoy art and the space on your own terms. You walk around, stare at a painting, sit and rest, chat with your friend, eat, drink, etc. This event is just like that, with an added element of participation if you choose. Interactive objects spread around the space give you ways to affect the sounds you hear. Audiovisual elements give you clues as to what effect you are having on the performance.

The event is part of Teerath Majumder's dissertation project Relational Music which he is developing in the Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology program at UC Irvine.

The adjective ‘relational’ is borrowed from Nicolas Bourriaud’s notion of ‘relational art’ which he describes as
"An art taking as its theoretical horizon the realm of human interactions and its social context, rather than the assertion of an independent private symbolic space."

This event is essentially an attempt to draw attention to the fact that any musical event is a social process. How we operate in that process is dictated by the norms of respective culture and/or time. Teerath wishes to harness the space within this process as a variable that shapes sonic events in realtime.

We, the performers and designers, have tried to create a space where you can become an active agent in the process. We hope you have a good time in it!

19:30, 13 & 14 May, 2022
xMPL, Contemporary Arts Center, UCI
Free Admission

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