"The Transformer #1" – Audio-Visual Instrument and Composition (Natasha Barrett)

Women in Music Technology Seminar with Natasha Barrett.

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Natasha Barrett

The Department of Musicology presents a series of seminars held by acclaimed women artists/researchers in the field of Music Technology.

Natasha Barrett will present her recent project called "The Transformer #1".

“The Transformer #1” is an audio-visual instrument and composition using the latest in computer vision, audio analysis, machine learning and sound processing. “The Transformer” begins by listening and seeing in ways similar to our own senses. Then, instead of normal live electronics processing it creates its own real-time sound and video, similar to a controlled hallucination, modelled on the features derived from real-time sound and visual signals.

The Transformer is programmed in MaxMSP and Jitter and includes sonification, the FluComa machine learning toolset and 3D-graphics. “Transformer #1” was the first prototype created in this project and trained on the voice and movement of soprano Silje Aker Johnsen who also performs the composition-improvisation. Work developing “The Transformer #1” was supported by the Fond for Lyd og Bilde and Komponistenes Vederlagsfonds.

Barrett (1972) is a composer exploring new technologies and experimental approaches to sound in a broad range of contemporary music, including concert works, public space sound-art installations and multimedia interactive music. She is internationally renowned for her electroacoustic and acousmatic music, and use of 3D sound technology in composition. Her work is commissioned and performed throughout the world and has received over 20 international awards including the Nordic Council Music Prize, the Giga-Hertz Award (Germany), five first prizes and the Euphonie D'Or in the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (France), two first prizes in the International Rostrum for electroacoustic music and most recently the Thomas Seelig Fixed Media Award for 2023. She collaborates with performers, visual artists, architects and scientists and is also active in performance, education and research.

For more information about Natasha Barrett, check out her website at https://www.natashabarrett.org/.


This seminar will be followed by the opportunity to ask questions and discuss while enjoying some light food and drink refreshments.


Attendance to the seminar is free, but registration is required.

The seminar will be held in English.

The seminar will be held in Salen, located in the basement 1 (U1) of the ZEB building. Enter the building from Sem Sælands Vei 2A and follow the directions.

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Published Oct. 14, 2022 3:11 PM - Last modified Nov. 7, 2022 4:36 PM