McIntire Department of Music

On April 30, 2008, Digitalis Under the Stars, the annual computer music festival at the University of Virginia, will feature new music by student composers along with the premiere of the first large-scale mobile interactive computer orchestra, MICE, an ensemble formed of the 180-member MUSI235 Technosonics class and expandable to include any number of audience members equipped with portable computers.

This free concert begins at 8pm and will include new music and technologies by the Emergence Collective, John Hopke, Aurie Hsu, the Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG), Juraj Kojs, Conner Lacy, Mary Lane and MICE. Audience members are highly encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop and join in this first performance. No special software is required and all operating systems are supported.

The performance will take place in the UVa Amphitheater, just off of Jefferson’s Lawn, in front of Garrett Hall at 8pm on 4/30/08. Presented by the McIntire Department of Music and Virginia Center for Computer Music, the event is being produced by the VCCM, the IMRG, and the musi-235 Technosonics class with support from the Teaching+Technology Initiative, ITC, the DML, Netops and the 7-Society.

About MICE and MICEtro

The MICE Computer Orchestra employs MICEtro, a new hardware/software system created by Matthew Burtner’s Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG) with major contributions by members Scott Barton, Timothy Dalbey, Steve Kemper, Jason Johnson, Irwin Reyes and Troy Rogers. MICEtro uses techniques of emergence, perturbation, robotics and LAN technology to create technosonic music from massive data generation. This momentous first, full-scale performance is optimized for 500 computers.

MICE (the Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble) was formed at UVA in 2001 by Burtner to explore multi-performer interactive music systems. In 2008, with support of T+TI Grant and Fellowship, the group expanded into an orchestral scale in the context of the Technosonics Digital Sound Art Composition class.

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