Computer-based FREE music concert set for October 21, 2018

The annual New Jersey Digital Audio Concert (NJDAC) series, featuring performances of original, computer-based music presented by Rutgers students, faculty, and guest artists, is set for Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Mortensen Hall’s Shindell Choral Hall, 85 George Street at Route 18, on the university’s Douglass Campus. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

This year’s concert features student and faculty performances from the Legacy Arts International bitKlavier Musicianship Course. The bitKlavier is a software engine that creates a “prepared” digital piano. This software brings the tradition of preparing acoustic pianos, altering the sound of the instrument by placing objects (or “preparations”) into the strings, into the digital age. Like the prepared piano, the prepared digital piano feels just like an acoustic piano under the hands and often sounds like one, but it is full of surprises; instead of bolts and screws stuck between the piano strings, virtual machines of various sorts adorn the virtual strings of the digital piano, transforming it into an instrument that pushes back, sometimes like a metronome, other times like a recording played backwards. The virtual strings also tighten and loosen on the fly, dynamically tuning in response to what is played.

An open-source cross-platform project developed by Dan Trueman and Mike Mulshine at Princeton University, bitKlavier has been used by dozens of performers—from young students to renowned professionals—in a range of compositions by Trueman and others.

Faculty performers Cristina Altamura and Kristin Cahill and student performers Camila Streuly and Jai Raman from the Legacy Arts International bitKlavier Musicianship Course will perform original compositions and arrangements for bitKlavier by G. Frescobaldi, Louise Fristensky (MA-Rutgers), Andrea Mazzariello (PhD-Princeton), Jennifer Trueman (Princeton, NJ), and Dan Trueman (Professor of Music, Princeton University).

NJDAC will also feature music for the following: computer playback; violin and computer; saxophone and computer; prepared student Wurlitzer; sound exciters; computer, and video. Participating Rutgers-affiliated students and faculty include Melissa Dunphy (Mason Gross School of the Arts), Aurie Hsu (Oberlin Conservatory/Rutgers Arts Online), Steven Kemper (Mason Gross School of the Arts), Mark Zaki (Fine Arts, Rutgers–Camden), and Michael Zavorskas (PhD student in Composition at Rutgers).

NJDAC is presented by Music Technology at Mason Gross (MTMG). More information is available by emailing skemper@mgsa.rutgers.edu. Please note Rutgers parking regulations have changed. Follow this link to register your vehicle.

Video of the bitKlavier in performance:

Nostalgic Synchronic Etude 1 from Troy Herion on Vimeo.

Information accurate as of October 2018