Ron Kuivila
Iteration 1

Almat's methodology is based on iterative reconfiguration. A configuration encompasses the members of the team, Hanns Holger Rutz and David Pirrò, an invited guest artist along with a proposal within which she or he works, a "machinery", including two software systems developed by Rutz (SoundProcesses) and Pirrò (rattle), and possibly more systems brought into the experiment by the guest artists, which we aim to couple and to explore from different perspectives. An iteration takes the form of an online preparation phase, in which the core team and the guest artist engage in a dialogue about their practice and their relation to Almat, as well as the specific preparation of a two months residency period, in which algorithmic sound studies are developed in situ at the IEM in Graz.

The first iteration is conducted with composer, installation artist and computer music pioneer Ron Kuivila (USA). This research catalogue entry documents our work process.


Main Events 

 

Open CUBE

26 Jan 2018, IEM, Graz

Ron Kuivila performed his solo live electronics piece Listening To The Air, exploiting the particular directional character of ultrasound to crate a tangible open air synthesizer. He also presented The Fifth Root Of Two, a 24 channels sound installation derived from his fascination with the musical procedures of Javanese gamelan. 


Ultrasound

During the 80s, Ron pionereed the use of ultrasound in live electronic performance. Listening To The Air departs from his lifelong expertise with this imperceptible medium, creating a performative situation where these sound entities, which usually lie way beyond our margins of perception, suddendly reveal themsleves, becoming tanbigle elements of an open air synthesizer.

SC Meeting

20 Jan 2018, IEM, Graz

During the third SuperCollider meeting hosted by the IEM Ron presented his work with the pattern library, and exposed the different possibilities offered by functional vs. imperative programming in music composition. Moreover, he presented his work with ultrasound.

Experimentalism

Ron's approach extended the research area and the scope of algoritmicity to a wide umbrella of parallel themes. Starting from a radical conception of experimentalism in music, that 'departs from the exploration of non-standard

Why patterns?

The SuperCollider pattern library and its functioning was another big theme during Ron's residency. Patterns are fully integrated in his creative procedures, as they "are great tool just for hearing possibilities, for quickly exploring what’s going on within a particular formal scheme I might be interested in in general [rk, sc meeting]". 

The idea arose to understand SuperCollider's pattern system and what the corresponding structure in Hanns Holger's SoundProcesses/Mellite could look like, thus highlighting the underlying differences between the two software environments, and especially those that exist between the functional and imperative paradigm.

 

Minimalism

Stricly related to the topics of cognition and attention was the concept of minimalism, that Ron in many occasions defined as the 'removal of distractions'. He conceives minimalism as a very efficient tool to investigate perception and cognition. Interestingly the theme arose different and sometimes contrasting interprestations among the discussion group. 

 

Ron Kuivila

Iteration 1

 

Almat's methodology is based on iterative reconfiguration. A configuration encompasses the members of the team, Hanns Holger Rutz and David Pirrò, an invited guest artist along with a proposal within which she or he works, a "machinery", including two software systems developed by Rutz (SoundProcesses) and Pirrò (rattle), and possibly more systems brought into the experiment by the guest artists, which we aim to couple and to explore from different perspectives. An iteration takes the form of an online preparation phase, in which the core team and the guest artist engage in a dialogue about their practice and their relation to Almat, as well as the specific preparation of a two months residency period, in which algorithmic sound studies are developed in situ at the IEM in Graz.

 

The first iteration is conducted with composer, installation artist and computer music pioneer Ron Kuivila (USA). This research catalogue entry documents our work process.

structuring principles to constantly rethink orderings and relations in sound [rk in conversation, 05-feb-2018]', he is interested in finding alternative ways of listening by deeply investigating themes such as cognition and attention.

Ron's main workspace has been the experimental studio at the Institut for Electronic Music and Acoustic, Graz.