Workshop: Machine Fantasies (Tufts University)

Tufts University:
“Machine Fantasies: A Workshop on Music Technologies – Past, Present, and Future”
April 4-5, 2014 – The Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center, Tufts University
Keynote: George Lewis

This workshop brings together composers, performers, scholars, and engineers to explore new and old musical instruments, interactive systems for performance and composition, and the origins and implications of our profound emotional involvements with musical technologies over the centuries. With a keynote by composer and scholar George Lewis, –Why do we want our machines to improvise?– the workshop will include popular, classical, and other world music traditions. Participants will bring perspectives from musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, performance, sound studies, the history of science and technology, and engineering. The workshop will conclude with a concert of live electroacoustic music involving piano, oud, percussion, electric guitar, iPad, and metronome.

All events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required to guarantee a space for the four workshop sessions on Friday and Saturday. See below for a list of participants; for further information and registration details visit

Participants include:

Joseph Auner – Tufts, musicology, history of technology
Eliot Bates – University of Birmingham (UK), ethnomusicology, performance
Christopher Burns – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, composition
Eric Chasalow – Brandeis University, composition
Ming Chow – Tufts, computer science
Mike D’Errico – UCLA, musicology, performance
Anthony De Ritis – Northeastern, composition
Emily Dolan – University of Pennsylvania, musicology, history of science
Joshua Fineberg – Boston University, composition
Bonnie Gordon – University of Virginia, musicology, history of science
Robert Jacob and Beste Yuksel – Tufts, computer science
Paul Lehrman – Tufts, music engineering
George Lewis – Columbia University, composition, musicology, improvisation
Joseph Paradiso – MIT Media Lab, computer science
Alexander Rehding – Harvard University, theory, history of technology
Margaret Schedel – Stony Brook University, composition, performance
Jonathan Sterne – McGill University, sound studies, media and communications
Hans Tutschku – Harvard University, composition
Daniel Weymouth – Stony Brook University, composition

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