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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.

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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.

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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

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World Premiere, Virtual Reality, Cloud Music and More in April 21 Concert

Joshua Fielder making preparations for the Telematic Collective Concert on April 21

Joshua Fielder making preparations for the Telematic Collective Concert on April 21. Photo by Hang Yu

The Telematic Collective with present its 2011 spring concert on April 21 at the IT Building, room 152 at 7:30 pm at IUPUI. Joining the Collective online will be the Syneme Lab Telearts Ensemble at the University of Calgary (directed by Professor Ken Fields), and the RAT (Radical Arts Technology) Ensemble at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music (directed by Matthew Burtner) and the Hybrid Arts Lab at Indiana University Bloomington (directed by Margaret Dolinsky). The concert will feature Virtual Reality works that will also be able to be viewed simultaneously in the Virtual Reality Theater at IUPUI, also in the IT Building. Additionally, a world premiere of a work conceived 39 years ago for the dynamics of the Internet by renowned American Composer Stuart Sanders Smith.

After the concert, the VR art environments will be on display and can be experienced in the virtual reality theater on the fourth floor. The VR theater is similar to the concept of Star Trek’s holodeck providing visual illusions in 3D that can be navigated. The theater consists of head and hand tracking, stereoscopic displays and real time 3D rendering. As one navigates the environment using a joystick wand, the computer updates the display according to the navigator’s head and hand positions. This allows visitors to dynamically explore the environment from a first person perspective. Read More…



ZeroSpace was a telematic conference and concert presented by the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Organized by Matthew Burtner, the event included Chris Chafe of Stanford University, the Interactive Media Research Group, the Telematic Collective, Margaret Dolinsky, Christopher Burns, and Scott Deal. Photo: Nick Hartgrove performs Deconstructions #4 (M. Drews, 2011) online from Indiana with the composer and myself onstage in Milwaukee.

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NetTets 2011, Calgary


The Telematic Collective participated in the NetTets 2011 concert on January 29, bringing together artists at sites in Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, and Edmonton), and the United States (Indianapolis, IUPUI).   The concert was hosted and produced by Professor Ken Fields and the Syneme Lab at the University of Calgary, which is where the main performing stage and production center was located. Participating online groups included the New Music Ensemble Laptop Orchestra at University of Calgary, Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk), performers from University of Alberta, and University of British Columbia.  The Telematic Collective performed from the Indiana University Virtual Reality Theater and featured with the group was harpist Erzsébet Gaál. Live 3d graphics were created by artists from Professor Margaret Dolinsky’s 3-D art studio at the HR Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University Bloomington. The artists navigated through 3d environments they created for the VRT and set to music by members of the Collective.

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