Triple Point (Pauline Oliveros, Doug van Nort, and Jonas Braasch): Merging Artificial Intelligence and Free Improvisation
4PM, Free: Lecture/Demo of research project CAIRA
7PM, Tickets $10: Performance of Triple Point as a trio as well as in a quartet with FILTER.
Eyebeam presents the musical ensemble Triple Point as well as the research project CAIRA, focused on merging artificial intelligence and free improvisation. Specific works undertaken within this context will be discussed at 4PM, which span research and creation practices Later in the evening, at 7PM, Triple Point will perform as a trio as well as in a quartet with FILTER.
Triple Point – Pauline Oliveros, Doug Van Nort, Jonas Braasch – is an improvising trio whose core instrumentation is soprano saxophone (Braasch), digital accordion synthesizer (Oliveros) and interactive electronics (Van Nort, GREIS system). The name refers to the point at which all three phases of matter coexist in thermodynamic equilibrium, which is a metaphor for how they create dialogue as performers. The musical interaction is centered around an interplay with proper acoustics, digitally modeled acoustics (from the Roland V-accordion) and electronics. Van Nort transforms the sound of the other players on-the-fly, Oliveros changes between timbres and explores the boundaries of a variety of virtual instruments, and Braasch explores extended technique including long circular-breathing tones and multiphonics. At times the result is of a blended acoustic/electronics source that is indistinguishable without careful listening, while other times the layers becomes wildly apparent. This musical project is also a performance laboratory for their research in developing intelligent machine improvisation partners, currently within the context of the CAIRA research project.
CAIRA is the Creative Artificially Intuitive and Reasoning Agent project, currently underway at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. It is funded by the National Science Foundation’s CreativeIT initiative and involves the member of Triple Point as well as Prof. Selmer Bringjsord from the Cognitive Science dept., and has included a number of graduate students. The goal is to explore models of creativity and the creation of systems that act as musical improvisation partners, merging a top-down reasoning-based view with a bottom-up “intuitive” approach focused on listening and spontaneity. The “artificially-intuitive” component of the project is known as FILTER, and is a real-time improvising partner. The reasoning component has focused on advancing our understanding of the logical decision processes that underlie musical performance decision-making, for example over long time periods and between musical sessions.