As part of the international conference about interfaces for electronic music instruments — NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) — NOTAM will be organizing a workshop about the software Integra Live on Saturday, May 28.
NIME is an event that takes place in a new city each year. Now in its 11th year, the conference will be in Oslo. The University of Oslo and the Norwegian Academy of Music are the organizers for the 2011 event.
The purpose of the workshop is to introduce Integra Live, a software for composers and performers of live electronic music. The program is designed to make the threshold low for all musicians, and it is not necessary to learn programming or advanced sound engineering in order to use the computer as a musical instrument for realtime performance. The program is the result of a six-year EU project led by Birmingham Music Conservatoire, and where NOTAM has been one of the six research centers that have contributed to development since the project started in 2005. The software is a work in progress (a beta version has been released), and participants in the workshop are invited to give us feedback based on a user perspective.
The target group for the workshop is composers and performers. No prerequisites in programming or music technology is necessary, as is the case with a lot of other computer software for realtime performance of music. The program bases itself on modules which can be interconnected to create various effects and/or sound processing units, and these can be controlled either directly on the computer or by using external controllers. Learning Integra Live is fairly straightforward, and workshop participant can expect to learn how to make their own configurations within hours. There will be time for an improvised jam at the end of the day.
The workshop will be led by Dag Henning Kalvøy, and lasts for 6 hours from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (one hour lunch starts at noon).