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April 13, 2022

Music from the Augmented Instruments Laboratory

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence and Music presents:

Music from the Augmented Instruments Lab

Saturday 23 April 2022 | 7:30pm – 11:30pm @ IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG

Tickets: £5 General Admission


Multi-channel surround performances by guests: Nwando Ebizie Sophie Cooper

And lab members: Courtney Reed _luiszayas Julia Set

DJ: Lia Mice

Augmented Instruments Laboratory, based out of the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary, focuses on developing new instruments and interfaces for musical expression. The concert will feature a programme of performances by the designers themselves plus special guests.


7:30: Lia Mice (DJ) 8:15 Luis Zayas 8:30 Sophie Cooper 8:45 Lia Mice (DJ) 9:15 Julia Set 9:30 Courtney Reed 9:45 Nwando Ebizie

About the performances:

Nwando Ebizie: Solve et Coagula Nwando Ebizie is a multidisciplinary artist whose work converges around performance art personas, experimental theatre, music and African diasporic ritualistic dance. At this concert, Nwando will perform Solve et Coagula – a 16 speaker surround audio performance created in residence as part of YSWN’s Sound Pioneers Programme. The piece is a ritual experience – an invitation to experience the psychic phenomena of breaking down the self in order to let go, pass through, remake oneself anew.

Sophie Cooper: Intact Sophie Cooper is a sound artist whose practice pivots around new presentations of acoustic instrumentation (primarily the trombone) with electronics, challenging conventions around composition, text placement and performance. Nominated for an Ivors sound art award in 2020, Sophie joins us at this concert to present ‘Intact’ a piece produced for hcmf// in 2019 for the Huddersfield Immersive Sound System.

Julia Set: multi-channel performance Julia Set are an audiovisual project curated by Lewis Wolstanholme and Francis Devine. For this performance they will be performing a new work centred upon spatial deconstruction and the spatial interaction of colour.

Courtney Reed: voice augmented with singing knit Courtney Reed is a mezzo-soprano and a PhD student at the Centre for Digital Music at QMUL. At this concert, Courtney’s semi-improvised surround performance will feature voice augmented with the Singing Knit, a knit collar for capturing the laryngeal muscle movements through surface electromyography.

_luiszayas: multi-channel meditative performance Luis Zayas is a composer, instrument designer and member of the Augmented Instruments Lab. Luis will be performing the software designed for their 2016 installation lifeSupport. It will be a meditative piece using sinetone oscillators tuned using just intonation and distributed around the room’s speaker array.

Lia Mice: DJ Lia Mice is a multidisciplinary artist, instrument designer and member of the Augmented Instruments Lab. At this concert, Lia will DJ music featuring AI and new digital instruments. @lia_mice

Poster design by Francis Devine

“Sound system powered by AMOENUS. AMOENUS is an art organisation that facilitates, educates, curates and promotes immersive art centred around 3D sound”.