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MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL | CONCERT
HANDS-ON-MUSIC - REACTABLE GOES MOBILE
SUNDAY, SEP 18 2011, 05:00 PM
The Reactable is one of the most innovative electronic musical instruments of the last decade. It combines the capabilities of classic modular synthesizers and digital sound processing with an intuitive tangible user interface. Electronic music becomes both clearly visible and physically graspable for performer and audience alike, creating a truly synaesthetic experience. The instrument has become internationally popular since the Icelandic singer Björk began using the device on-stage during her last world tours. Today the Reactable is also available commercially together with its latest mobile counterpart for handheld touchscreen devices.
One of the Reactable’s inventors, Austrian scientist Martin Kaltenbrunner, will present and perform on the original instrument together with New York based resident handheld musician Peter Kirn, who will perform with the Reactable Mobile.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Martin Kaltenbrunner is co-founder of Reactable Systems and one of the inventors of the original Reactable. As an interaction designer he has been mainly responsible for the tangible interface concepts behind the instrument, and has been performing on the Reactable since its first public presentation in 2005. Since then his work has been shown at several major international media art and music festivals, and was also awarded with the Golden Nica for Digital Music at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2008. His influential research on tangible interface tools has been employed for the realization of numerous artistic and scientific projects in this area. Kaltenbrunner is currently a Professor at the Interface Culture Lab at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria.
Peter Kirn is a writer, technologist, and artist working in music and visual media. He is creator and editor of createdigitalmusic.com and createdigitalmotion.com, online magazine/communities covering creative technology, and a regular contributor to Macworld, Keyboard, Popular Science, Wax Poetics, and other outlets. A classically-trained composer, he is a music producer (music.pkirn.com) and live visualist, and has taught creative technology and coding and visual programming to artists, designers, and musicians around the world. He is also co-designer and co-producer of the MeeBlip, an open source synthesizer. Born in Kentucky, educated in New York, he is finishing a PhD in music composition at the City University of New York Graduate Center. His various online identities all live at flavors.me/peterkirn.
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