Improvising Computer/Drums/Bari Sax


These works explore the ensemble of saxophone and drum kit with an interactive improvising computer taking the role of guitar, bass and keyboard.

All electronics dynamically respond to the saxophone and drum kit and ‘improvise’ around what is being performed.  The concept is still a work in progress, but will be related to my thesis as part of ICIT due to be completed in May 2015.

Richard Savery – Bari Sax
Juan Rubio – Drums

Recorded by Hassan Estakhrian
Recorded in the CAC Recording Studios, at University of California, Irvine, on the 23rd of June, 2014

 


 

An Aesthetic Weasel  

This is my first work designed to explore human-computer interactions based on improvisation.

I aimed to implement a simplistic model that explored two self imposed restrictions. Firstly, no physical interaction; all information would come from a microphone on the sax and one on the drums (I did have an iPad connected in case of emergency). My second restriction was that there would be no pre-recorded material, with each decision made based on a series of probabilities, and then performed through a virtual instrument.

The computer part listens to both the drums and saxophone through a microphone on each and then “musically” performs based on this information.

Laetificant Crocodile

This work continues my previous composition exploring saxophone and drum kit with interactive computer.  All electronics dynamically respond to the saxophone and drum kit and ‘improvise’ around what is being performed.  In addition this piece includes the Minibrute analog synth (courtesy of Ko) as a counter to the saxophone with its improvisation based entirely around ideas from the saxophone, creating a truly ‘shared dialogue.’

 

 

Live performance – An Aesthetic Weasel  

Performed Wednesday the 14th of May, Winfred Smith Hall, UCI as part of an ICIT Concert

Richard Savery – Bari Sax
Juan David Rubio – Drums