Miller Puckette is one of the most important innovators of real-time music elaboration, creator of Max, currently developing Pure Data, an open-source real-time multimedia arts programming environment. He obtained a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT (1980) and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard (1986). Puckette is professor at the music department of the University of California, San Diego.
Artificial Intelligence and Biotechnology applied to Music
Gerfried Stocker is a media artist and telecommunications engineer. Since 1995, has been artistic director of Ars Electronica. In 1995-96, he headed the crew of artists and technicians that developed the Ars Electronica Center’s pioneering new exhibition strategies and set up the facility’s in-house R&D department, the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
Kyoka is a Japan-born and Berlin-based, electronic producer, DJ, installation artist and field recorder, with an extraordinary capacity to explore and experiment with her pioneer type of approach to sound for her chaotic and direct musical approach and a heavy-rough sound, resulting in a broken pop-beat with experimental yet danceable rhythms.
Kyoka is the first solo female artist signed to what it used to be iconic German experimental label Raster-Noton (posteriorly split into raster-media and NOTON), home to artists like Alva Noto (a.k.a. Carsten Nicolai), Byetone, Frank Bretschneider, Ryuichi Sakamoto, William Basinski and Ryoji Ikeda.
Thierry Coduys, composer of electronic music and sound engineer, has collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Reich to produce electroacoustic and computing systems. After a few years at IRCAM, Coduys became an assistant to Luciano Berio and launch the technology platform La kitchen in 1999. In 2007, Coduys began to collaborate independently with Le Hub to pursue his research in a new, flexible and open format. Over the last fifteen years Coduys has also developed a new graphic interface, IanniX, a software inspired by Iannis Xenakis’s UPIC.
Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence
The German-Austrian composer Brigitta Muntendorf has created a multi-layered web of analog-digital modes of expression in her works. Her settings range from instrumental, choral and orchestral music to transdigital music/dance theater and 3D sound/AR installations. She is the founder of Ensemble Garage and artistic director of the FMN Festival; since 2018 she has been professor for composition at the HfMT Cologne and director of the Institute for Contemporary Music.
Oscar Pizzo is a pianist, dramaturg and artistic director. During the last two decades was artistic director of Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Fondazione Musica per Roma Auditorium of Rome, Eur Culture per Roma/La Nuvola, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari and several collaboration with Theatre and Modern Art Museum. In 2013 received the Honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, from the Ministry of Culture of France.
Ali Nikrang is a Key Researcher & Artist at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. He has his background in both Technology and Art. He studied Computer Science at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz and composition with focus on new media at the university Mozarteum in Salzburg. Besides, he obtained a diploma in piano performance at the same university. Before he joined the Ars Electronica Futurelab in 2011, he worked as a researcher at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Vienna. His research involves the interaction between human and AI systems for creative tasks with focus on music. It includes the investigation of creative outcomes of AI systems and how it can be leaded, enhanced and personalized through interaction with human user. As a classical musician and AI researcher, he has been involved in numerous projects combining artificial intelligence and music. He is the creator of the research tool Ricercar, an AI-based collaborative music composition system that can be used to compose classical music. In addition, his work has been featured in various conferences and exhibitions around the world (and has also been part of several TV and radio documentaries on artificial intelligence and creativity). In 2020, he has received the RFT Young Scientist Award of Upper Austria.
Yoko Shimizu is a researcher and artist at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, with a background in biology and chemistry. She was born in Japan and raised in the United States, where she was inspired by the art scene in New York as a child.Her career started as a creative director and consultant for technology companies in Japan. Later, she started her own lab, receiving awards for biology-inspired installations, and has given exhibitions, talks, and performances worldwide. Yoko currently develops innovative technologies, methods, and installations that combine science and art, and works with companies, government entities, museums, and universities around the globe. Yoko has experience in managing and directing corporate as well as government projects and also provides talks and lectures in international events and conferences.