[ISEA2015] Artist Statement: Oliver Bown — HAMSTER ATE MY GARAGE BAND: Homage to Studio Vision Pro

Artist Statement

Generative System developed in Java (2015)

In Homage to Studio Vision Pro, Ollie Bown builds on his practice of live generative music performance that was developed during his collaborations with electronic music duo Icarus and in various electroacoustic improvisations. The title of the work refers to Studio Vision Pro, a digital audio workstation similar to Cubase and Logic, which has superior capacity for MIDI manipulations and a powerful audition tool that Icarus adapted for live performance. Studio Vision Pro was dropped in 1999 when their parent company Opcode was acquired by Gibson. This project is Bown’s simplified imitation of the powerful Studio Vision Pro audition tool, but with generative elements built in along the way.

  • Ollie Bown is a researcher and maker working with creative technologies. He comes from a highly diverse academic background spanning social anthropology, evolutionary and adaptive systems, music informatics and interaction design, with a parallel career in electronic music and digital art spanning over 15 years. He is interested in how artists, designers and musicians can use advanced computing technologies to produce complex creative works. His current research areas include media multiplicities, musical metacreation, the theories and methodologies of computational creativity, new interfaces for musical expression, and multi-agent models of social creativity. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

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