Wednesday, November 20 • 11:30 - 11:55
Live musical variations in JUCE

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In this talk I will give insight in to my recent works with Icelandic artists Björk and Ólafur Arnalds. 
Together with them I have worked on creating plugins that are used in their live performances, manipulating both audio and MIDI. I will give a quick demonstration of how the plugins work and also describe the process of working with artists to bring their ideas to life, in JUCE code. 

From idea to prototype
How to take a broadly scoped idea and deliver a working prototype. I present the approaches taken in iterating on ideas with artists. When working on software in an artistic context, descriptions can often be very vague, or requirements hard to understand. But instead of just saying "No, that's not possible", it is possible to take a step back and look differently at the problem by emphasizing on what the outcome should look or sound like and work your way towards it in a practical way - without compromising the originality of the idea.

Speeding up the process
Integrateing freely available 3rd party libraries such as aubio and Faust with JUCE for fast idea validation and prototyping was essential in this project. I needed rudimentary pitch shifting, onset and pitch detection. Not haveing the resources to implement them myself before the deadline, I chose to use aubio and Faust with great results.

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Halldór Eldjárn

Audio developer, Inorganic Audio
I'm an Icelandic musician and a programmer. I write music, and work with other artists on creating new ways of expression. My main interest is augmenting creativity with technology, in a way that inspires the artist and affects her work.

Wednesday November 20, 2019 11:30 - 11:55 GMT
Upper River Room Puddle Dock, London EC4V 3DB