Mastering the Contemporary Interface

A lecture and performance by Adam Tindale
Part of the EMMEDIA 2008/2009 Artist in Residence program

October 2, 2009 @ 7PM
EMMEDIA Screening Room

Tools are changing. Instead of picking an instrument to play a sound or tune, we can now create digital instruments to leverage the infinite possibilities of the computer. We are able to separate the interface from the sound generator; we can combine guitar with violin or piano with a video game controller. What about moving to the next level? Is a true mastery of the contemporary interface even possible? Adam Tindale will demonstrate the various hardware, software and interfaces that he employs in his efforts to master this technology. Pure Data, ChucK, Marsyas, Linux, Mac OSX, are some of the tools he uses to create custom software for his interfaces. Adam will present a performance and give a short talk about his discoveries and contributions.

Artist Bio:

EMMEDIA’s 2008-2009 Artist in Residence Adam Tindale is an electronic drummer and digital instrument designer. Adam performs on his E-Drumset, a new electronic instrument with an intuitive physical interface that utilizes physical modeling and machine-learning. He is a permanent instructor of Interaction Design in the Media Arts and Digital Technologies Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. He completed a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University and a Masters of Music Technology at McGill University. He is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Music, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Victoria.

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