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13th April, 2022

The Cyborg Performer: The Performer’s Role in Creating and Realising Works using New Digital Instruments 

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13th April, 2022
18:00 - 19:30
280 St John St
London EC1V 0HB

Dr Zubin Kanga discusses his role in developing new works using new digital instruments including MiMU sensor gloves, ROLI keyboards, Soundbrenner haptic metronomes, and TouchKeys key sensors.

The challenges of adapting and extending instruments for new uses, the effects of new instruments on the collaborative process with composers, and the changing field of digital organology will all be explored.

About the Speaker:

Zubin Kanga is a pianist, composer, improviser and technologist.

His work in recent years has focused on new models of interaction between a live musician and new technologies, including:

  • motion-sensor-controlled live electronics;
  • AI;
  • reinterpretations of cinema history;
  • live-generated 3D visuals;
  • analogue synthesizers;
  • new interactive instruments;
  • magnetic resonators;
  • motion and bio-sensors;
  • internet-based scores.

Zubin has performed at many international festivals and international venues including:

  • the BBC Proms;
  • London Contemporary Music Festival;
  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) Melbourne Festival (Australia);
  • Festival Présences (France);
  • Klang Festival (Denmark);
  • Podium Festival (Germany);
  • Resonator Festival (Sweden);
  • November Music (Netherlands);
  • CUBE, Graz (Austria);
  • Borealis Festival (Norway).

After graduating from the University of Sydney and the Royal Academy of Music, Zubin was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nice and IRCAM (Paris) and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is now Lecturer in Musical Performance and Digital Arts.

He is also the director of Cyborg Soloists, a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship-funded project exploring new music-technology collaborations between artists and industry.

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