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Elliott Sharp: Algorithmic and Self-Organizing Systems- CTM Artist Fellow Lecture

The Center for Transformative Media

Monday, September 29, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Algorithmic and Self-Organizing Systems: Lecture/Demonstration
Elliott Sharp

Sept 29th  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mannes Concert Hall
150 West 85th Street, NY NY
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In the first half of this event, Sharp offers definitions and discusses the genesis and development of his composition "SyndaKit", music as organism. Composed in 1998 for the composer's ensemble Orchestra Carbon, "SyndaKit" utilizes a collection of biological metaphors to create an ever-shifting rhythmic and timbral matrix. Improvisatory and algorithmic but not improvisation, "SyndaKit"s essence is a transformative organism consisting of 144 composed cores on 12 pages divided among the 12 players with a set of simple rules for their use through processes of imitation, addition, recombination, transposition, and mutation. These actions are based on the activities of flocking birds, African drum choirs, cellular automata, hunting packs, and recombinant amino acids. Every performance of "SyndaKit" is unique though the identity of the piece remains constant with each manifestation. For the second part of this evening, Sharp will workshop "SyndaKit" with an ad hoc ensemble and present a number of iterations of the piece in performance.

Elliott Sharp 2014-15  CTM Artist/Fellow
A central figure in the avant-garde music scene in New York City for over thirty years, Elliott Sharp leads the projects Orchestra Carbon, SysOrk, Tectonics and Terraplane, and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction. Winner of the 2015 Berlin Prize in Music Composition and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, Sharp has composed for Hilary Hahn, Ensemble Modern, RadioSinfonie Frankfurt, and JACK Quartet. His work has been featured in the Darmstadt (2002) and Donaueschingen (2007) festivals, at the Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale (2007), and the Venice Biennale (2003, 2007, 2012). His wide range of collaborators have included Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos Quartet; Debbie Harry; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; jazz greats Jack Dejohnette, and Sonny Sharrock; turntable innovator Christian Marclay; and Bachir Attar of the Master Musicians Of Jahjouka, Morocco. His work is the subject of the documentary “Doing The Don’t” and he has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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In 2013-15, CTM presents a series of lectures, workshops, & performances focusing on the cutting edge present and future of guitar and instrument design. Co-sponsored by Mannes College of Music, functioning as a platform to build cross divisional collaboration at The New School, and opening exclusive external collaborations, this series has brought internationally renowned luthiers, designers, builders, materials innovators, composers, performers, theorists, and sound designers together to explore points of connection between the traditions of musical instrument design and sound production, and new forms of design thinking facilitated by materials science, emergent materials, parametric design, the internet of things, physical computing, networked sound, and the politics of ‘noise’.

Guests have included Ken Parker, Charlie Hunter, Ned Steinberger, Charles Yang, Ola Strandberg, Allan Marcus, Perry Hall, Joe Ravo, Gary Lee,  Fred Hand, and Ezio Blasetti.

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Mannes Concert Hall
150 West 85th Street
New York, NY

Monday, September 29, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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The Center for Transformative Media

The Center for Tranformative Media at Parsons School of Design is a transdisciplinary media research initiative bridging design and the social sciences, and dedicated to the exploration of the transformative potential of emerging technologies upon the foundational practices of everyday life across a range of settings.

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