Oberlin College and Conservatory

Gestural Cartography: Designing New Notations: Workshop #1

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

TIMARA Studio #2

Gestural Cartography: Designing New Notations - All Events Meet in TIMARA Studio #2
In a series of three workshops, participants will explore how framing notation as a design problem can open up the door to a wide array of interdisciplinary tools for composition and even choreography. Lessons from fields such as information design, human-computer interaction, gestural analysis, and multisensory perception offer pathways for creative exploration and the development of new techniques for visually representing a composition. While the workshops are structured to support each other, participants are invited to attend any combination of sessions.

Please join us for a series of exciting multi-disciplinary workshops with Ben Bacon ('11) sponsored by TIMARA.  All are welcome including anyone with an interest in experimental composition, graphic notation, visual design, music technology, and choreography.  Please read more below.  All Events meet in TIMARA Studio #2.

Please sign up here so organizers and Ben have an idea of attendance!  Drop-ins are welcome, but please sign up so we know to look out for you!

Workshop 1: Descriptive vs. Prescriptive Notation - Wednesday, November 3, 7:00-8:30pm - Sign UP

In this workshop we’ll evaluate the challenges posed to traditional music notation by complex timbres, electronic instruments, and human perception. What are the graphical limits of accurately representing how something should sound?

Workshop 2: Information Design for the Creative Practitioner - Friday, November 12 4:00-5:30pm - Sign UP
On a daily basis, we read from and interact with numerous information graphic schemes; from weather maps to instructional diagrams and health charts. How can we deconstruct these graphical tools and repurpose them for musical and choreographic composition?

Workshop 3: Mapping Gesture - Thursday, November 18 7:00-8:30pm - Sign UP
In music technology, the act of connecting user interaction to expressive sounds is a key design process which threads the needle between art and engineering. As a result, various analytical frameworks for mapping gestures to technology have been developed. Can these same tools be used to develop new notations?

About Ben Bacon ('11)

Benjamin Bacon ‘11 is a music technology researcher and artist based in Berlin where he has lived since 2015. His work currently focuses on the creative application of information design techniques in music composition, choreography, and instrumental performance. He has presented his creative work and research at various institutions across the globe such as IRCAM, EMS Stockholm, CIRMMT, and STEIM in Amsterdam. Benjamin is an associate researcher of the Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab at McGill University as well as program lead of the Electronic Music Production and Performance department at the Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts and Technology in Berlin. Benjamin holds a B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory where he double majored in Percussion Performance and TIMARA, a M.A. in Music Technology from McGill University, and is currently pursuing his PhD at the Technische Universität Berlin as a member of the Audiokommunikation Group.
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