SEAMUS Webinar and Conference Information Series
The SEAMUS Webinar and Conference Information Series will bring you pertinent information on tools, performers, tech information, themes, learning opportunities, and a chance to ask questions about the 2024 SEAMUS National Conference. This page will be regularly updated with details on upcoming events and additional information. Some spaces will be highlighted via flyers and videos, others through webinars, online workshops, and information sessions.
Events are open to all and will be recorded/posted below after the event for those that cannot attend.
If you have any questions that you would like answered during the events, feel free to email Leah Reid at [email protected].
Friday, November 10, 12:00pm CT / 1:00PM ET – “Electroacoustic Fais Do Do” Webinar with Stephen Beck
The webinar will provide information on the paper sessions and three Electroacoustic Fais-Do-Do concert events happening at Louisiana State University “Cinema for the Ears”, “New Interfaces for Musical Expression” and “Music for Instruments and Electronics”. It will cover technical specifications for speaker arrangements, sound file playback, and theatre resources. There will also be time for questions.
Description from Stephen Beck: The Experimental Music & Digital Media (EMDM) program at Louisiana State University in coordination with the LSU School of Music and the Center for Computation & Technology is pleased to present the Electroacoustic Fais Do Do, April 5 & 6, 2024 as part of the SEAMUS 2024 National Conference. The EAFDD will be held at the LSU Digital Media Center (DMC), with all concerts held in the DMC Theatre.
In Cajun culture, a “fais do do” (pronounced “fay dough dough”) is a casual gathering of musicians and dancers, usually on a Sunday afternoon, drifting into the wee hours of the evening. It would be a place for the whole community to share some joy, camaraderie, food, and drink. The Electroacoustic Fais Do Do will be a relaxed weekend retreat for composers, performers, and researchers to gather, listen to each other’s works, and exchange ideas at the forefront of electroacoustic music research and creativity.
Our webinar will provide detailed information on the three concert events and two paper sessions, including technical specifications for speaker arrangements, sound file playback, theatre resources. For more information:
NOVEMBER 15, 1:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM ET – “Poetry, Rap, and EAM meets SEAMUS” with RTSneutral
During the session, RTSNeutral will introduce himself, share details about the SEAMUS event “RTSNeutral meets SEAMUS: Rap, Poetry, and EAM”, and provide inside on what he does as a musician and rapper, how he works, and how he came to develop his art through listening to strange sounds. During the session, he will provide suggestions and encouragement about what to submit to the call and answer questions about how to send in performance directions. He will also share his ideas about the possibility for some advance rehearsal with anyone living nearby or arriving a few days early to the SEAMUS constellation event.
November 16, 2:00 pm CT / 3:00 pm ET – “Soundscapes of Inner Peace” and “Feeling Tone” Webinars with Cecilia Wu and Keenan Zach
This two-part webinar will highlight three SEAMUS constellation events: “Soundscapes of Inner Peace”, “Earfest”, and “Holding Space”. During the first part of the webinar, Cecilia Wu will discuss the “Soundscapes of Inner Peace” curated concert at SEAMUS’ 2024 satellite event in NY. She will discuss the convergence of art, science, and human experience in contemplative practices, with a special focus on the transformative qualities of music. This interdisciplinary exploration encompasses musicology, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, and mindfulness and well-being studies. Learn about the venue, submission details, and the diverse art forms featured.
The second part, “Feeling Tone” will be led by Keenan Zach, who will discuss two SEAMUS constellation events “Earfest” and “Holding Space”. He will speak about the two events and provide details about what he hopes to achieve in the two events. He will outline the double bass commissioning opportunity and share how his experiences as a performer of eclectic music interfaces with his views and aspirations of using music as a tool for emotional transformation. He will demonstrate paradigms of double bass playing and improvisation that inspire him. There will be time for questions after each presentation.
NOVEMBER 17, 12:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM ET – “Forest in a city” WITH Adam Mirza and Stuart Gerber
This webinar will be hosted by Adam Mirza and Stuart Gerber. During the session, they will describe the concept and setup for “Forest in a City“. They will discuss their plan for interweaving fixed audio compositions of different lengths and channel counts into the immersive performance. They will also address logistics for proposals involving live electronics and/or members of Bent Frequency.
November 20, 3:00 pm CT / 4:00 pm ET – “ARP 2500 Micro-Residency Webinar” with Alex Christie
This webinar will be hosted by Alex Christie, Technical Coordinator for UVA’s Composition and Computer Technologies program. During this session, Alex will give a brief overview of the ARP 2500 analog modular synthesizer, demonstrate some of the synth’s feature, and run a Q&A about the synthesizer and the SEAMUS micro-residency. He will also discuss and present information about the event “ARP+AV+LIVE by UVA Charlottesville”.
NOVEMBER 21, 1:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM ET – “Spatial Music and Movement at The Cube” WITH Brandon Hale
During the webinar, Brandon Hale will explain ICAT’s (the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology) multichannel speaker arrays and how they are typically utilized for immersive audio. In the talk, there will be descriptions of each multichannel array, some of the challenges one may face using them, ICAT’s solutions for the challenges, and techniques and software already created to help facilitate using the arrays. The talk will introduce ICAT’s public documentation on Github and some of ICAT’s homegrown tools (available for anyone to use) for spatialization that exist for creating works in ICAT spaces (with techniques that can work on any speaker array, not just ICAT’s). Kyle Hutchins will also provide information about the “Spatial Music and Movement” event and answer questions.
Information about ICAT’s spatial audio arrays
ICAT’s Github, which has documentation and help patches
Older documentation, which may still have good information. It is slowly being phased out and migrating to the ICAT github.
Digital Audio Workstation primarily used at ICAT
NOVEMBER 29, 7:00 PM CT / 8:00 PM ET – “SONIC HORIZONS: IMMERSIVE REALITIES EXPLORED” WITH PATRICK REED
During the webinar, CEMI TF Patrick Reed will discuss the call “Sonic Horizons: Immersive Realites Explored, CEMI 60th anniversary SEAMUS concert”.
Patrick will give a brief introduction to the 37.2 speaker dome audio system, the 5-screen projection system, and the related performance capabilities in the space. He will share slides with diagrams, info for SpatGris and IEM’s AllRADecoder, as well as a live view of the MEIT specs.
This call seeks works in ambisonic formats, as well as any kind of multichannel format, including stereo with live diffusion. Works with or without video are welcome.
The Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater (MEIT) is the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) performance venue. This octagonal theater features a custom live mixing system for its 37.2 speaker dome audio environment over a DANTE audio network; 5 height-adjustable acoustically transparent 16′ x 9′ screens for HD surround video projection over HDBT network; 60 ArtNet-controlled theatrical lighting, including moving head and laser units; bespoke hardware/software systems for audio diffusion and control; and dedicated computer systems for video, audio, performance, recording, streaming, and system control.
CEMI fosters the integration of electroacoustic music, live performance, video/film, plastic arts, and theater. Since its 1963 inception as the NTSU Electronic Music Center, CEMI (1983) has evolved into a unique creative environment, world-renowned for innovative works and musicians.
Venue Photos, Diagrams, and Spatialization Resources – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pLzV0X1o-D9IzJ4_e3qOR7kaqkFZYPT4?usp=sharing
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SPACE HIGHLIGHTS
Living Room Music at New York University
The constellation event “Living Room Music” will take place at NYU’s MARL space, 370 Jay St., Room 230. Watch the following video, provided by Michael Schumacher to learn more about the space and theme.
CLICK: SEAMUS 40th Anniversary Edition at Ohio University
The constellation event “CLICK: SEAMUS 40th Anniversary Edition” will take place at Ohio University. A video of the concert space and video was provided by Rob McClure.
Three SEAMUS 2024 constellation events will take place in this space, including “Soundscapes of Inner Peace: A Curated Concert” “Holding Space” and “RTSNeutral meets SEAMUS: Rap, Poetry, and EAM”. The space was also one of the concert venues during the SEAMUS 2023 National Conference.
According to Liz Hoffman:
“The Feldstein Immersion Room is located on the seventh floor of NYU’s Bobst Library, in the center of the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, on Washington Square South. The soundproof space features a 12-speaker Genelec array, Blu-ray and VCR players, a large viewing screen, an Allen-Heath digital mixer sound board, and MOTU 24Ai/o. The room has a completely flexible layout including swivel chairs which can also be removed entirely for installation or listening events in which the carpeted floor space is to be used differently. The room accommodates about 35 people, so it is an intimate listening or event space. The room is open to public access so long as that access is arranged in advance.”