The Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center


Javier Sanchez 2Ben Smith 1 The Tavel Center has been cultivating research in musicand machine learning since 2012, with the creation of works and exercises that explore the possibilities inherent in the two systems.  The work has resulted in several papers, and performances at conferences and festivals utilizing the machine learning research of Professors Ben Smith (photo right) and Scott Deal, together with graduate research assistant Javier Sanchez (photo left).

Calithumpian ConsortBThe Tavel Arts Research Center recently completed a joint project to commission, premiere, and tour a new work by renown composer Christian Wolff. Moderate: After Stephan Wolpe (2015), a quartet of two pianos and two percussionists, was composed for and premiered by the Boston-based Calithumpian Consort in March 2015, at Boston's famed Jordan Hall. This was followed in March-April with a four-city tour by the Consort to perform the work, in Atlanta GA, Chattanooga and Knoxville TN, and Indianapolis. Wolff, who turned 81 in 2015, was onhand at the Indianapolis concert, which performed in the Basile Theater at the Indiana Historical Society. The Calithumpian Consort also performed works by Bela Bartok and Lee Weisert during the tour. Consort members for the project included pianist and Consort Artistic Director Stephen Drury, pianist Yukiko Takagi, and percussionists Stuart Gerber and Scott Deal. Funding for the Callithumpian Consort-Christian Wolff tour project provided by the Institute for Arts and Humanities (IAHI) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center at IUPUI, New England Conservatory, Georgia State University, and the Yamaha Musical Instrument Corporation.

Deal_Illimaq1Percussionst Scott Deal was a guest performer for the 2014 Vancouver New Music Festival in October of this year.  The Festival presented an international roster of composers, sound artists and performers who “are fostering new, sound-based explorations of ideas that emerge from natural, interlocking cycles and alternative systems of thought.”  Deal performed two large percussion  works by John Luther Adams; Ilimaq, a 45-minute work for solo percussionist and electronics, and Four Thousand Holes, a duet for piano, percussion and electronic aura that he performed with pianist William Fried.

The MAT faculty group Big Robot, a computer-acoustic trio, recently released their debut, self-titled DVD.  4 years in the making, the DVD was produced through a grant from the IUPUI Institute for Arts and Humanities.  Big Robot members and Tavel

The world premiere for the telematic opera Auksalaq, which was created by artists in the Tavel Center at IUPUI and at the University of Virginia occurred on October 29th, and was performed simultaneously between the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Tavel Center at IUPUI, CIRMMT at McGill University in Montreal, Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen Norway, and the OpenGrounds Studio at the University of Virginia. Performance groups included Bit20 (Norway), Bergen Center for Electronic Arts (BEK, Norway), Ensemble Knox (USA), McGill Percussion Ensemble (Canada), EcoSono Ensemble (USA), and Telematic Collective (USA). An interactive audience-participation software called NOMADS enabled engagement with the performance in real-time across all the stages. Audience members at the concert locations were able to use their laptop computers and mobile devices in order to participate in the performance in real time.

Internet2, the nation’s most advanced networking consortium, presented the Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) award  to IUPUI Music Technology Professor and Tavel Center Director Scott Deal, together with his collaborator Matthew Burtner of the University of Virginia, for their creation of the telematic and media-enriched opera, Auksalaq. In presenting the award, Deal and Burtner were commended for "innovation in advanced network applications for collaborative research and education" at the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Tom Knab, chair of the IDEA award judging committee and chief information officer, Case Western Reserve University’s College of Arts & Sciences wrote that “the winning submissions were from an exceptionally strong nominations pool and represent a cross-section of the wide-ranging innovation that is occurring within the Internet2 member community. Link to the Internet2 press release Link to the Auksalaq website. 

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