The Donald Tavel
Arts and Technology Research Center


Music and Machine Learning

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).
Read More…

IPREP Scholar Researching Music Technology

IMG_3062_1024Alan Tyson, currently a research assistant in the Tavel Lab while working on his Master of Music in Music Technology degree, completed the IUPUI Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program in the spring of 2015, preparing the way for his degree program and further studies.  Alan’s focus in research is the intersection of music technology and education, specifically how to use software to elementary students to learn physics using musical language and elements.   IPREP is funded through the National Institutes of Health and draws on the programmatic and research strengths of the major health and life sciences campus of IUPUI. Training is provided in biomedical engineering, clinical psychology, human performance and kinesiology, medical neuroscience and addiction neuroscience toward the goal of matriculation into these graduate programs. While students may emerge from these areas of studies, the program does prepare students for other areas (such as music technology), through the academically rigorous research process that is applicable throughout the academy.



Christian Wolff and Callithumpian Consort Tour

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. Read More…

Scott Deal at the Vancouver New Music Festival

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.

Read More…

Telematic Collective Performance with New World Symphony

photoThe Telematic Collective recently presented a performance of Goldstream Variations, composed by Scott Deal, with the New World Symphony. The performance consisted of a quartet of NWS musicians performing at the New World Hall in Miami Beach, together with performers from IUPUI, coordinated by Telematic Collective members Matt Vice, Mayowa Tomori, and Danny Hughes. Musicians in Indianapolis were percussionist Bonnie Whiting and harpist Erzsébet Gaál-Rinne.  The 11-minute work was performed before a full house in Miami Beach and received an enthusiastic ovation. The concert was part of the 2014 Internet2-New World Symphony Performance and Masterclass Workshop.


Big Robot DVD Reviews

Big Robot HeadshotThe 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 Associates Jordan Munson, Michael Drews and Scott Deal each contributed compositions, musical performance, media and computer processes to the project.

Big Robot DVD

I Care if You Listen: Big Robot: Pushing Boundaries In Multimedia Performance, Dana Wen, Feb. 2014 

New Music Box: Sounds Heard, Big Robot, Colin Holter, Feb. 2014 

Percussive Arts Society International Convention Technology Day at IUPUI

168698_10150401874200354_754900353_17133315_3769318_nThe Information Age and the microprocessor has rendered a technological transformation that touches almost every facet of human life. Highly individualized software applications have become tools of choice for advancements in literature, science, arts, medicine, engineering, and industry, to name a very few. Correspondingly, almost every aspect of music has undergone significant transformation through the influence of technology on performance, composition, sound creation, notation, instrument design, and business.  Therefore, the PAS Technology Committee is presenting Tech Day to reflect our changing musical world while showcasing some of the most compelling developments — during a day of performances, clinics, and lab sessions.

Follow links to the left for information about the PAS Technology Day at IUPUI 

Auksalaq World Premiere

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.

Read More…

Auksalaq Presented with Internet2 IDEA Award

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.  Read More…