This Friday - Play Nice: Music by Humans & Intelligent Machines @ Gold Saucer Studio, Vancouver [28 July]

This Friday - Play Nice: Music by Humans & Intelligent Machines

21:00 - 01:00

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Gold Saucer Studio
211 - 207 W Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia 12345

Friday 28, 2017

Play Nice
Musical Collisions between Humans & Intelligent Machines

Featuring Humans:

Peggy Lee (cello)
Adrian Verdejo (guitar)
Matthew Ariaratnam (prepared guitar)
Nathan Marsh (prepared guitar)
David Storen (video)
Barbara Adler (text)

& Machines:

Musebots designed by
Arne Eigenfeldt
Matthew Horrigan
Paul Paroczai
Yves Candau

THe Gold Saucer Studio
Friday, July 28
The Gold Saucer Studio
211-207 W. Hastings

Doors 8:30 PM. Show 9:00 PM
Tickets $10-$15 at the door
No one turned away for lack of funds


Musebots are pieces of software that autonomously create music in collaboration with other musebots. Individual musebots are like players in a band: they make specific kinds of sounds and respond to the sounds made by others. Each bot ‘listens’ and makes decisions in real time, based on their unique role in the ensemble. Much like human performers, the bots can be unpredictable. Though they are coded by human composers, their performances are exciting because they don’t always do what they’re told.

Up until this point, the musebots have collaborated exclusively with other musebots; now they are going to be forced to respond to humans. Some of the city’s top improvisers will perform alongside the bots, including cellist Peggy Lee and guitarists Adrian Verdejo, Matthew Ariaratnam and Nathan Marsh. The bots will also have some interdisciplinary curve-balls to contend with, including spoken word by Barbara Adler and live video by David Storen. Far more than a technical demonstration, the concert aims to showcase the musebots’ artistic potential and to highlight their broad musical range. The Musebot Project is open source: anyone can download musebots or learn to make their own at

Musebots are the brainchild of Ollie Bown and Arne Eigenfeldt, two longtime designers of live generative music systems. A defining goal of the musebot project is to establish a creative platform for experimenting with musical autonomy, open to people developing cutting-edge music intelligence, or simply exploring the creative potential of generative processes in music.


Arne Eigenfeldt wrote his first generative music software on an Apple IIe. Trained as a composer, he approaches his software tools as extensions of his compositional thought process; this is different than many in the generative music field, who consider the potential for software improvisation. As such, musebots can be considered as tiny versions of himself, executing his musical wishes, building (and re-building) structures and surfaces from germinal ideas instantiated into their intentions and desires.

Matt Horrigan makes music, words and performance art. In additional to programming Musebots and composing electroacoustic music, he plays drums with the Harley Small band and appears regularly as part of the Constrained Creation art Collective (Co.Crea.Tive), in which capacity he preaches, lollygags and misuses his guitar. His first play, Apple Season, will appear in a staged reading at Carousel Theatre on August 6th. Matt holds a B.Mus (composition) from McGill University and an MFA from SFU. His pop-song-singing intra-ego VAPAAD has recently begun manifesting its presence online and crawling its way toward live performance, while traces of his poetry can be found in online magazines like ditch, The Curious Element and Infinity’s Kitchen.

Paul Paroczai: bio coming soon

Yves Candau is a movement and sound artist, coming to these experiential disciplines after completing graduate degrees in mathematics and cognitive science. His work has been invaluably nourished by past and present practices, most importantly Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine, the Alexander Technique, and soundwalks. Yves seeks to integrate his research and artistic endeavours through a number of cross-disciplinary fascinations: mindfulness as the foundation of creative processes, working from found materials and through emergent forms, and leveraging the transformational potential of somatic practices. After completing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Yves is now doing a PhD under the supervision of Thecla Schiphorst, at Simon Fraser University, investigating the intersections between movement, sound and technology, through the lens of embodiment.
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