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Sketch a doodle of a drum or a saxophone to conjure a multi-instrumental composition. Look into a webcam, speak, and watch your mouth go bouncing across the screen—the input for a series of charmingly clunky chain-reactions.
Code Cypher, hosted by CAST Visiting Artist and Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco and Professor Nick Montfort, invited MIT students to develop computational artworks that play with language and rhythm… Our interactive rhythm and poetry performance centered around multiple tree trunk rings as … Continued
“Hip hop is much more than a musical genre. It is a global phenomenon, with a rich history and massive social and cultural impact. We wanted to tell stories that pushed beyond stereotypical representations, digging into the complexities of empowering … Continued
An immersive museum installation that is conversational and personalized for each viewer
“This project reflects the many ways in which computational capabilities are expanding our understanding of what can be musical and the tools with which we compose new music.” — Matthew Schumaker, Project Lead and Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar, … Continued
A musical piece for clarinet and computer honors a pioneering jet pilot
“[Tutti] is an example of using our mobile devices to enrich our lives musically in new ways—letting us have virtual experiences—such as feeling what it is like to be a musician.” –Eran Egozy, Project Lead and Professor of the Practice, … Continued
An interactive music-making experience that gives audiences the chance to perform using cellphones as instruments
Sound is a powerfully evocative medium, capable of conjuring authentic emotions and unlocking new experiences. This fall, several cross-disciplinary projects at MIT probed the technological and aesthetic limits of sound, resulting in new innovations and perspectives, from motion-sensing headphones that … Continued
On April 30, MIT’s yearlong suite of opportunities for student arts entrepreneurs culminated in the sixth annual Creative Arts Competition, a $15,000 prize for the most promising arts-focused startup at the Institute. Eight teams were selected as finalists (from 23 … Continued
It’s not uncommon, in this day and age, to go to a concert and spot a performer hunched behind a laptop. Head bobbing and fingers flying, she may be doing any number of things: DJing, remixing, playing live backing tracks. … Continued
Musician and computer scientist Ge Wang prefers “those cases when technology takes a back seat to the human proceedings.”
Composer and MIT professor discusses the enduring legacy of Visiting Artist Alvin Lucier.
MIT students make music from particle energy.
SEEING / SOUNDING / SENSING
A symposium hosted by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)
September 26-27, 2014
MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor
75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Art, science, and technology are ways of knowing and changing the world. These disciplines frequently draw from one another, yet their devoted practitioners rarely have the opportunity for high-level intellectual and cultural exchange. “Seeing / Sounding / Sensing” was an intensive two-day event at MIT that invited creative artists to join with philosophers, cognitive neuroscientists, anthropologists, historians and scholars from a range of disciplines in an open-ended discussion about knowledge production. The two-fold goal was to challenge each domain’s conventional certainty about “what is known,” “how we know it,” or “how we can know more” and to stimulate new issues for possible cross-disciplinary scholarship in the future.