Connect 2022: EDI Summit Connect 2022: EDI Summit

150 Massachusetts Avenue, Room B41, Boston, MA 02215

Friday, June 3, 2022

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Keynote with Mark de Clive-Lowe

Japanese-New Zealander composer, jazz musician, remixer and electronic music producer, Mark de Clive-Lowe is an internationally established artist with over 20 years’ experience spanning multiple genres and continents. Mark will be giving our keynote address to start the conference off, sharing his journey from aspiring jazz pianist to EDI pioneer and speaking on the fundamental ideas, challenges and possibilities created by incorporating EDI’s into your musical performance.

LA-based since 2008, Mark has release close to twenty solo albums and hundreds of collaborations on stage and in the studio with musicians, artists, and DJs including Kenny Dope, Jody Watley, DJ Spinna, Sheila E., Kamasi Washington, Pino Palladino and Harvey Mason. His remix productions include Shirley Horn, Hiatus Kaiyote and the Blue Note Records catalog. Recent works have seen Mark take deep-dives into his Japanese roots, interpreting ancestry through the lens of jazz and electronica, and pioneering projects in the web3 music space. Mark is the founder of Mashibeats - a creator/collector DAO in-the-making, a recipient of the 2021 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship and an active curator and educator.

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The Future of Instruments: Concepts and Techniques of Early 21st Century Digital Music Performance with Dan Freeman

Electronic musician, producer, and educator, Dan Freeman will give a demonstration on techniques to perform digital music. Dan will focus on four different areas, including conceptualizing elements of digital live performance, future interfaces of digital live musical performance, live looping with laptops and acoustic instruments, using ClyphX, and Generative Music within Live Performance.

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Panel Discussion: EDI Instrument Design with Jesse Terry, Dan Freeman, and Special Guests, Moderated by Peter Kirn

Join Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn who will lead a discussion on electronic musical instrument design. The panel will feature EDI manufacturers and design specialists in the field, including Jesse Terry (Ableton, APC40 and Push 2), Dan Freeman (NYU and Julliard), and Paul Lehrman (Tufts). Topics will focus on the current state of instruments as well as the future design of EDI’s.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

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Presentation: Classically Trained Musicians Navigating the Electronic Digital Instrument (EDI) Ensemble: Perspectives and Experiences with Jonathan Kladder

The evolution of digital technology for performing music continues to emerge in new directions throughout the music industry, as performers now use a variety of digital controllers and computers for music performance. However, the inclusion and expansion of digital technology for performing music in higher education remains on the fringes of the profession. Many institutions across the US remain steadfast to the Western-European art tradition and are exclusive of wider forms of music making; They are slow to evolve and embrace a wider conception of musicianship. This is particularly true for music making that includes electronic digital instruments (i.e., computers, MIDI controllers, and tablets) in performance settings. Research demonstrates that some music faculty in the US have emerged as leaders in the profession in this area: leaders who embrace new forms of musicianship, work diligently to expand curricular offerings in efforts to integrate EDI’s, and facilitate EDI ensembles that are housed within a traditional music program. This session will showcase the perspectives and experiences of undergraduate music students from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) who have engaged with a newly formed EDI ensemble, learning how to collaborate in small group settings with their peers, make musical decisions in new or emerging ways, think creatively using new technical skills on digital devices, and perform music in the popular music medium. In this session, attendees will listen to undergraduate students' experiences and perspectives of the EDI ensemble, outline their challenges and successes when creating music in this medium, and offer perspectives on working with interdisciplinary projects across the university campus. A variety of interdisciplinary projects students have engaged with in the EDI ensemble at UNCW will be showcased, including interviews from a variety of stakeholders involved in these projects. Implications for higher education and those interested in starting similar experiences at their institution will be explored, while showcasing the richness of depth and breadth of possibilities when integrating EDI ensembles within a traditional music performance program.

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Space is the Place with LaFrae Sci from Willie Mae Rock Camp

Join Composer/Educator/Imaginationist LaFrae Sci for a presentation about building experimental electronic creative spaces for the next generation. Williemaerockcamp.org.

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Roundtable Discussion: Sustainability and Instrument Design

Sustainability in the products that we are creating and using is an important subject to raise as we explore new areas of electronic musical instrument design. Being mindful of the impact that manufacturing can have, join us with this timely and essential discussion on sustainability in instrument design. Topics such as supply chain management and manufacturing, choice of materials, and the challenges ahead will be a focus. Instrument designer, Jesse Terry (Ableton Push 2 and APC40) and Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn will lead the conversation.

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Demo Presentation: Performance, Practice, and Expression with Daedelus
Daedelus
Daedelus
Berklee College of Music

Join artist, performer, and EPD faculty member, Daedelus in exploring the consequences of our actions before the stage, through to play. With an ear towards how a DJ might organize a record crate or an EDI player might select their best metaphor.

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Panel Discussion: A Conversation with Electronic Music Performers, Moderated by Claire Lim
Claire Marie Lim
Claire Marie Lim
Berklee College of Music, Assistant Professor
Daedelus
Daedelus
Berklee College of Music
Rishabh Rajan
Rishabh Rajan
Berklee College of Music, Assistant Professor

It’s not often we get the opportunity to listen to a group of artists and performers discuss their performance practices with EDI’s and electronic music performance. Join Berklee faculty members, Daedelus, Claire Lim (dolltr!ck), and Thavius Beck, with Mark de Clive Lowe and Quantic in a discussion around electronic music performance, their practice and approach. Moderated by Berklee faculty member Rishabh Rajan.

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Panel Discussion: A Discussion with Berklee’s EDI Program Directors and Faculty
Daedelus
Daedelus
Berklee College of Music
Claire Marie Lim
Claire Marie Lim
Berklee College of Music, Assistant Professor
Rishabh Rajan
Rishabh Rajan
Berklee College of Music, Assistant Professor

Berklee EDI’s chair Michael Bierylo, assistant chair Michele Darling, and faculty members, Daedelus, Claire Lim,  and Rishabh Rajanwill meet for a panel discussion on their experience in building the EDI principal instrument program at Berklee College, one of the first programs of its kind at a music school within the United States. Topics will include audition requirements, proficiency levels and exams, teaching private lessons, labs and ensembles, and how the program has grown  over the past two years. The session will end in Q&A.

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Presentation: Ableton Instrument Design: The Creation of Push 2 and the APC40 with Instrument Designer Jesse Terry and Ableton’s Matt West

This session will focus on the history, design, and development of the widely used Push 2 and the APC40 controllers for Ableton and their integration with Ableton Live with designer, Jesse Terry. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what went into the creation of these controllers from the designer himself. Discover how these controllers came into being and how they have evolved and became a game changer, making a significant impact in the world of EDI’s. Ableton’s Matt West will be joining Jesse for an in-depth discussion.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

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Presentation: Quantic Artist talk and Performance Practice

"Quantic" is the catch-all moniker for U.K.-born, New York-based musical polymath Will Holland. A world-renowned DJ, genre-blending multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and label owner (Enhanced Music), his work cuts across EDM, jazz, soul, funk, and global traditions from cumbia and bossa to salsa, Afrobeat, dub reggae, and more. He's issued dozens of recordings and garnered hundreds of credits as a composer and producer. His compositions have been featured on the soundtracks to more than a dozen films and television shows. This session will focus on Quantic’s performance practice and approach to electronic musical instruments.

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Music Educators’ Round Table

This educator’s roundtable is an opportunity for music educators to discuss subjects that are important to music education and EDI instruments in the classroom. All are welcome to be part of the conversation of the future of music education and performance.