"The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present:
Lecture: Sergi Jordá and the Reactable
November 17, 7:30 PM
Music Buildiing Ensemble Room
Sergi Jordà will lecture on his work as coordinator of Interactive Systems at the Music Technology Group of the Audiovisual Institute of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. Mr Jordá leads the team of researchers who developed the Reactable, a collaborative electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible multi-touch interface, which was recently awarded the Golden Nica for Digital Musics at the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria. Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving and rotating physical objects on a luminous round table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language. The Icelandic singer Björk has successfully used the Reactable during her last "Volta" world tour.
Sergi Jordá will perform in a concert that features his own improvisations and collaborations with Mills students and faculty on the Reactable on Friday, November 21 at 8 PM in the Mills College Art Museum.
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