This talk explores experimental interactive music systems that enable Musical Wonderers (i.e., anyone interested in music, regardless of their skill levels) to learn how to play intuitively and encourage them to develop advanced skills and sound production techniques through unguided practice. We will cover several instances of those interactive music systems such as a mixed reality environment that offers unique and rich immersive experiences, a massive musical collaboration platform that encourages players to listen to their cities and create music with environmental sounds, and an electromechanical musical instrument that transforms found objects into musical materials. This talk will also highlight theories, methodologies, and potential applications of interactive music systems that stimulate open creativity and provide meaningful directions that guide users to learn underlying principles about music and sound manipulation.
Akito van Troyer, Berklee College of Music / MIT Media Lab
Akito van Troyer is an Assistant Professor of Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music and a Research Affiliate at MIT Media Lab. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the exploration and development of new musical experiences that enrich people’s lives and impact the future of human expression. Akito conducts and accomplishes his research through innovations in the fields of musical instrument design, music production, performance, and audience participation. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the MIT Media Lab in 2018, designing and building innovative interactive music systems that inspire and guide people in discovering their own musical language. Akito previously completed his Masters through the MIT Media Lab in 2012, designing new performance systems that encourage audience participation and augment the experience of audience members through interconnected networks. He also earned a Masters degree in 2010 from the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, building computer-based live performance platforms for laptop orchestra.