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CIRMMT Distinguished LectureBill Seaman

December 13, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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Bill Seaman will discuss Recombinant music: Generative approaches

Bill Seaman has been making differing forms of music for his media works most recently in collaboration with a number of different musicians, but also as solo albums. He early on explored the creation of interactive media works which included interactive/generative musical scores of his creation. In this Distinguished Lecture, he will discuss Recombinant Music — multiple compositional strategies, the production of differing works, the use of super-collider to build libraries, auto-generative systems, and the working method he calls Structured Improvisation (his coin from the early 80s). His more recent work focuses on building compositions working with libraries in Ableton Live. He has been working with Mathew Kenny on a series of new interactive, generative music players. He is very much interested in AI and computational creativity. Seaman is self-taught as a musician and composer since the late 70s. He began working with tape loops, and building up tracks on a 4 track tape recorder working also with cassette tape loops. Early on (1983), he adopted the computer as a structuring environment for his works, first using Performer and Midi, then Pro-tools, and now Ableton live as well as proprietary software authored in Max MSP by John Supko [Duke Music Department] (often in conversation with Seaman). Seaman and Supko run a lab called the Emergence Lab focusing on Emergence in music, image and text.

[Photo credit: John Supko]

When & where
Wednesday December 13, 2017 @ 4:30pm
Tanna Schulich Hall, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal

Free admission

CIRMMT is a multi-disciplinary research group centred at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. It unites researchers and their students from several Quebec institutions - McGill University, l’Université de Montréal, l’Université de Sherbrooke Concordia University, Ecole de technologie supérieure, INRS and Marianopolis College. The CIRMMT community also includes administrative and technical staff, research associates, visiting scholars, musicians, and industrial associates. CIRMMT occupies a unique position on the international stage having developed intense research partnerships with other academic and research institutions, as well as diverse industry partners throughout the world.

The CIRMMT community is interested in interdisciplinary research related to the creation of music in the composer's or performer's mind, the performance of music, its recording and/or transmission, and the reception of music by the listener. It is also interested in the ways in which vision, haptics and touch interact with music and sound. CIRMMT seeks to develop innovative approaches to the scientific study of music media and technology, to promote the application of newer technologies in science and the creative arts, and to provide an advanced research training environment.

Bill Seaman is a composer, musician, and media artist. He early on explored interactive and generative music (which he refers to as Recombinant Music, a sub-domain to his interest in Recombinant Poetics). He has been in multiple bands and collaborations. His own albums, SEA — Thoughtbody, and Songs and Dances of the Neosentient, as well as his album Entry with ATTSEA (working with Rafael Attias), are available on SoundCloud. He collaborated with Daniel Howe on an album entitled Minor Distance [Remixes by Craig Tattersall - The Boats, The Humble Bee, The Remote Viewer] (link available at www.billseaman.com); and collaborated with with John Supko on a project entitled S_TRAITS. Seaman and Craig Tattersall released a major project under the band name – The Seaman and the Tattered Sail called Light Folds. Seaman has also done numerous soundtracks for his media works. His recent solo release on Eilean Records is entitled Erasures and Displacements. He earlier released a solo album with Eilean entitled f(noir). Currently, he is working on two new albums, a solo album for Fluid Audio called The Epiphanies, and a new album of cover songs with Craig Tattersall on which he sings, entitled On the Precipice of Tears, also by The Seaman and the Tattered Sail. Supko and Seaman have been commissioned by Duke University (Mary Biddle Foundation) to create an experimental generative opera which will premier in 2018, entitled The Oper& (pronounced The Operand).

See www.billseaman.com for various links and historical documentation of media works.


December 13, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Tanna Schulich Hall, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
527 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3 Canada