Play Nice II: Humans & Intelligent Machines @ Gold Saucer Studio, Vancouver [16 June]

Play Nice II: Humans & Intelligent Machines

21:30 - 23:59

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Gold Saucer Studio
211 - 207 W Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia 12345
Sawdust Collector is a weekly performance series taking place on Tuesdays at The Gold Saucer, curated by Barbara Adler, Cole Schmidt, James Meger and guests.

// This summer, we are presenting just a few special events before we return to our regular schedule in September. //

Saturday, June 16

Musical Collisions Between Humans & Intelligent Machines

Andrew Brown — composer/developer/performer
Arne Eigenfeldt — composer/developer
Johanna Hauser — clarinet
Brady Cranfield — electronic drumset
Eldritch Priest — recorded performance
Barbara Adler — live text


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.

After last year's great performance, we're back, with a new set of developers and performers. Far more than a technical demonstration, the concert aims to showcase the musebots’ artistic potential and to highlight their broad musical range.

1. Generation
Andrew Brown, composer/developer
Andrew Brown, performer

2. Moments: Polychromatic
Arne Eigenfeldt, composer/developer
Barbara Adler, performer

3. Ripples
Andrew Brown, composer/developer
Johanna Hauser, performer

4. Indifference Engine vs. Alfred Jarry
Arne Eigenfeldt, composer/developer
Brady Cranfield, live performer
Eldritch Priest, recorded performer

5. Whistler Musebots
Andrew Brown; Arne Eigenfeldt; Matthew Horrigan; Daniel Field, developers/performers

The Musebot Project is open source: anyone can download musebots or learn to make their own at

Doors at 9:00pm, Performance at 9:30pm, $5 — $10 or PWYC at the door, cash only.
#211 — 207 West Hastings (Hastings & Cambie, above Nuba), instructions for entrance will be posted on the front door the night of the show.

Sawdust Collector takes place at The Gold Saucer Studio, a collective-run space located in The Dominion Building. Information on how to enter the show is posted on the front door of the building by 8:30 PM on every show night. You will need a cell phone to enter. If you do not have access to a phone, please contact us before the show and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements to get you in.

The front door is located at 207 W. Hastings. There is one stair between the sidewalk and the building level. The studio is located on the second floor, and is accessible by elevator. Seating is informal. There is one single-occupancy, gender-inclusive washroom on the second floor, accessible by key. We are a trans-inclusive space.

Sawdust Collector is run by us, three artists and our friends, who curate and produce the events on a volunteer basis. We own the glassware but not the room. A bit of scruff is part of the deal. If you have questions about what kind of scruff you're in for, please feel free to contact us: [email protected]

We acknowledge that our work takes place in Vancouver on traditional and unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for this place.

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