[ISEA2017] Paper: Byeongwon Ha — Diligent Operator: The Resurrection of Musique Concrète with Max/MSP Jitter and Arduino


Keywords: Interactive Art, Nam June Paik, Musique Concrète, Random Access, Max/MSP Jitter, Arduino

Nam June Paik (1932-2006) exhibited the progressive music environment for audiences, Random Access (1963) in his first solo show. It allowed audiences to make their own sound collages by interacting with visual audiotapes on a white wall. This unusual music project was based on Paik’s musique concrète composing experiences. Studying the practical relationship between Random Access and musique concrète, Diligent Operator (2016) develops Paik’s idea of interactive collage music by employing Internet system to access a wide range of sound data all the world over. This new version of musique concrète was created with computer programming including Max/MSP Jitter and Arduino.

  • Byeongwon Ha studied in the Film, Television and Multimedia department at SungKyunKwan University, Seoul, South Korea. After receiving his BFA, he created interactive media, experimental films, and video art in the graduate study of Media Art at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. He earned an MFA degree in Digital Media from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, USA, and won the thesis project award. Now he is writing a dissertation about Nam June Paik’s interactive art in the Media, Art & Text Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, USA. He participated in Art. CHI II workshop in CHI2016 in San Jose, California, USA. He presented several papers about interactive art at the International Symposium on Electronic Art: ISEA2014 in Dubai, ISEA2015 in Vancouver, and ISEA2016 in Hong Kong. He also exhibited an interactive piece in
    SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 in Singapore.

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