A p p l i c a t i o n:
e-mail.: info@hcmf.hu
deadline: 15. 2006.

SoundPlayingGround is a series of creative workshops of the festival, where participants can experience themselves the joy of music making and playing. The workshops will be attached closely to the main theme (Digital Bridges) and concert programme of the festival. We will focus on new technology which creates connections between different genres of art and science.

audiovisual workshop
led by: Laurent DAILLEAU [F] and Cècile BABIOLE [F]
Venue: Trafó Performing Hall
26. February, sunday; 11AM-2PM, 3PM-6PM
26. February, sunday; 6PM demonstration concert
Music workshop with Laurent DAILLEAU
Participants are supposed to play an electronic instrument (analog or digital synthesizer, sampler, vintage electronic instrument (e.g. theremin, ondes martenot…), laptop computer running a musical software, sensor-based instrument…, alternate controllers.
Participants are required to BRING their own instrument, along with audio examples (live rendition or tape/cassette/cd) of their own music.
Participants are supposed to know how to use their instrument. This is supposed to be a day of music. Content: the goal is to build/compose/improvise a musical piece (duration: approx 15/20 minutes), which will be performed live in front of an audience at the end of the workshop, along with images (see Cécile Babiole’s workshop content). We will probably design a graphic notation and/or score for the piece. The live performance of the piece will be conducted by Laurent Dailleau.
Video workshop with Cècile BABIOLE
Participants are supposed to BRING a videocamcorder, and a one hour long blank video tape, they can also bring other devices (computers, videomixer…) as long as they know how to use them.
Content: each participant will shoot a video sequence based on what’s happening in Laurent Dailleau workshop room. Any thing from what’s happening in this room, for instance the various aspects of the instruments, the mouvements of the musicians, the lights and shadows of the blinking interfaces… And only what’s happening in this room. The video sequences must be conceived and prepared so that no editing will be required, they can be one shot sequences or several shots in a row.
The 10 video sequences will be shown during the 15/20 minutes performance of Laurent Dailleau’s musicians. We shall coordinate with them to set the videoclips together, the video could also be some kind of a visual notation for the music piece in addition to the graphic notation.

eye and ear - sound and image
audiovisual workshop
led by: Jasch (Jan Schacher) [CH]
Venue: Trafó; Dinamo
23. February, thursday; 11AM-2PM, 3PM-5PM
24. February, friday; 2PM-7PM
25. February, saturday; 11AM-2PM, 4PM-7PM
26. February, sunday; 11AM-2PM
26. February, sunday; 6PM demonstration concert; (Venue: Trafó, Performing Hall)

This workshop adresses creators from both the fields of music and fine arts but also people from other backgrounds interested in reflecting on the usage and mixing of old and new media in the fields of visual and sonic expressions.

subjects will cover:

  • the relationship between eye and ear, sound and image
  • using tradional media such as pen, paper, camera, microphone
  • crossing from the physical to the digital domains both in sound and image
  • performing vs. composing an audio-visual piece
  • overview of methods and tools used in digital media
  • using experimental software-tools to shape sonic and visual media
The participants will discuss and explore ways of linking visual and sonic expressions using analogue and digital technologies. The main focus will be on methods to achieve expressions of ideas using the various tools at hand
A keen interest in the subject and openess for unusual approaches is asked of the participants, as is a basic familiarity in working with computers. No special technical skills are required.
The workshop will aim towards a small presentation of single or group projects in a informal final presentation, allowing the participants to share their ideas and engage in a dialogue with an extended group of interested persons.

Alternative composition techniques
workshop for singers and composers
led by: Pamela Z [USA]
Venue: Telecom Music House (IX, Páva u. 10-12.)
24. February, friday; 3PM-6PM
25. February, saturday; 11AM-1PM, 2PM-4PM
25. February, saturday; 7PM-8PM demonstration concert (Venue: Trafó Studio)
Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and audio artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, and sampling technology. Processing her live voice through MAX MSP software on a PowerBook, she creates solo works that combine operatic bel canto and experimental extended vocal techniques with found percussion objects, spoken word, and sampled concréte sounds.
Pamela Z's workshop participants experiment with vocal techniques and gestural activities while building spontaneus group voice pieces. Pamela Z will demonstrate her computer system, including the BodySynth MIDI controller. The participants will have a possibility for hands on experiments with the technology used by her. The workshop will aim towards an improvisation of a common musical piece, which will be performed at the end of the workshop.
Pamela Z

led by: Mari KIMURA [USA] and Eric SINGER [USA]
Venue: Trafó Studio

Group A:
24. February, friday; 10AM-11AM
25. February, saturday; 10AM-11AM

Group B:
23. February, thursday; 2PM-6PM
25. February, saturday; 2PM-6PM
26. February, sunday; 11AM-1PM, 3PM-5PM
26. February, sunday; 6PM demonstration concert (Venue: Trafó Performing Hall)

Mari Kimura - lecture on performing with interactive computer:
25. February, saturday; 11AM-1PM
Group A: for amateurs, children
Eric Singer will demonstrate the GuitarBot, LEMUR's guitar-like robotic musical instrument. He will explain how it works and give participants a chance to control and play the instrument

Group B: for composers, musicians, programmers
Eric Singer will demonstrate the GuitarBot, LEMUR's guitar-like robotic musical instrument. He will explain how it works and give technical information on how the instrument may be controlled and played via MIDI. He will also be on hand to work with composers to create pieces for the instrument.