Two texts on Knut Wiggen’s technical and musical work

I have just sent off a chapter to an upcoming book on music analysis, edited by Kerry Hagan and Miller Puckette. My chapter has a working title “The Musical Imagination of Knut Wiggen”. This follows a submission sent to Organised Sound approximately a month ago, titled “Unpacking the Musical and Technological Innovation of Knut Wiggen.” The texts are discussing different aspects of Wiggen’s work, and it has been a challenge to write short enough!

Lecture about computer music pioneer Knut Wiggen at Ringve Music Museum

Ringve Music Museum arranges two events about Knut Wiggen on January 28 and 29, 2017. Knut Wiggen is an international pioneer of computer music from Norway, and my lecture on saturday discusses his contributions to the technological development, all in historical context. Particular attention will be given to his software MusicBox that was the first music program with a graphical interface. The concert on sunday is filled with some of his early works for piano, his electroacoustic pieces, and music from Orkdal high school workshop where the students have composed with NOTAMs program DSP with their own sounds and elements taken out from Wiggen’s works.

More info on the events can be found here.

Ringve musikkmuseum arrangerer 28. og 29. januar 2017 to begivenheter om Knut Wiggen, som er en av computermusikkens pionerer i verden. Mitt foredrag på lørdag plasserer hans arbeid med teknologiutviklingen i kontekst med hva som ellers foregikk i verden i hans samtid, og jeg diskuterer sammenhengen i hans arbeid, som er temmelig enestående.

Digitally based music – archiving, migration and performance

Kolberg klipp
Notto Thelle and I are giving the presentation Digitally based music: Archiving, migration and performance at the Norwegian Musical Heritage Conference 2016.

We will discuss the robustness of media and storage formats, and issues of preservation and migration of works onto a sustainable technological base, all in the performance perspective of what is needed to maintain the heritage of technology-based music in this period of rapid change. The presentation falls in three parts: 1) Archiving (Representation, media issues), 2) Instruments, hardware and software (migration), 3) Performance (practices, role merging).

The webpage for the conference is here, and the program is located here.

(The illustration is from Kåre Kolberg’s The Emperor’s New Tie from 1973. The piece can no longer be compiled.)

Art Learning and Creativity

I am participating in this seminar with the presentation: Applying Creative Principles in Software Design for Music Education: A Case Study.

The underlying material for my presentation is NOTAM’s software DSP for children from 1995-7; the contexts and preconditions that framed the project, the design of GUI, workflow and content, and the records from implementation in learning contexts such as workshops and school projects.

Here is a poster from the symposium.

KYMA International Sound Symposium 2017

It’s official!

KISS 2017 will be held in Oslo, October 11 – 15, vil bli holdt i Oslo.
Anders Tveit, Ulf Holbrook and I are responsible for the event, in collaboration with Symbolic Sound, Norwegian Academy of Music and Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo.

Participants can expect four days of masterclasses, article presentations, concerts and workshops, and the symposium theme is Augmented Reality. This is a key topic in the continuing development of digital music technology for artistic and commercial use. Welcome!

The website for the symposium: