Helmut Lachenmann famously stated that “composing is building an instrument.” In the upcoming Frankenstein’s Lab (18.05) we’ll be taking a look at how building instruments can be taken as an approach to composing.
For the next Frankenstein’s Lab, curated by Lars Kynde, we will be moving out to Illutron for an on-site peek into the workshop of four instrument inventors who will be sharing their thoughts and give us a demonstration of some of their latest projects.
The word ‘opera’ evokes visions of celebrated singers filling plush opera houses with large voices conveying equally large emotions. Nothing could seem further away from the concerns of present-day composers of ‘new music’. Yet a large number of them have embraced precisely this genre as an outlet for their creative efforts.
Anders Monrad has created Virtuoso, an iPhone app soon to be released on the App Store. We got together on Skype for an interview in which I asked him about his motivations for creating the app, his background as an artist, and the cultural and technical hurdles along the long path to creating it.
Do it anyway was the theme of this year’s SPOR festival and title of the mini seminar it hosted on the topic. Johnathan Marmor, a New York composer and programmer with a day job at Spotify, filled us in on the motivations behind holding hackathons and their ever increasing popularity in the tech world over the last decade.
2013 is drawing to an end and we’ve decided to round off this years activities with a slightly more easy-going lab with some extra space for improvising and drinking glögg together. There will also be a special focus on ‘apps’ as Anders Monrad and Niels Rønsholdt & Signe Klejs present their work in this field.
The line-up for Frankenstein’s Lab tonight is going to be mostly acoustic for a change so we’ve decided to set a theme for the closing impro session and make it open to acoustic instruments/objects only. No loudspeakers or laptops this time round.