In the first week of April 2014, I am organising a Modality Work Group residency at STEIM. Modality aims to make it easier to use HID, MIDI and other controllers in SuperCollider by providing a common interface.

About Modality:

The increased availability of interactive technologies, such as wireless controllers and DIY sensor platforms, calls for exchange and documentation of meaningful methods used to map data coming from these interfaces to output media, such as sound/music, light and video. The Modality Work Group consists of a mix of artists and developers who have been working within this field for years; bringing their expertises together in an intensive exchange will not only result in a usable toolkit, but also in more insight and knowledge about the mapping process, which can be transfered to future generations of sound artists.

Modality is a toolkit to improve and facilitate the use of digital technology within sound art and music. The Modality Work Group aims to gather and further develop this commitment by linking together national and international developers, artists and musicians. The projects starting point is the work of a number of the leading developers within the live musical processing technology and programming environment. The goal of the collaboration is to facilitate new artistic processes by integrating programming practice through sharing and developing tools in close collaboration between developer and artist/performer.

The residency

During the residency we will work on expanding this toolkit, and also give a workshop and open lab to present the toolkit to a broader audience. We will finalize with a concert at OT301.

The schedule:

  • residency — Monday March 31st to Sunday April 6
  • workshop — Thursday, April 3
  • open lab — Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5
  • concert — April 5 evening

Participants in the residency will be:

Jeff Carey, Bjornar Habbestad, Alberto de Campo, Till Bovermann, Wouter Snoei, Hannes Holzl, Miguel Negrao, Tim Blechmann, Amelie Hinrichsen and Dominik Hildebrand Marques Lopes.

Joined for the concert by: Tijs Ham (Tapage), Jan-Kees van Kampen, and Joost van Dalen.

This project is co-financed by:

Het Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and BEK.