Educational programs aimed at raising awareness
of sound ecology and interactive technologies.

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Sonic Ecology

Introductory lecture on sound ecology Sonicology - an innovative international initiative on the formation of harmonious sound aesthetics in urban environment.

Technological solutions and examples of the formation of a harmonious sound landscape with the help of generative and interactive systems are considered. Fundamentals of mathematics of harmony and its applications: the golden section, Fibonacci numbers, Platonic bodies in the history of science and culture.

Participants of the lecture examine the interconnection of information technologies and contemporary art.

The lecture includes a demonstration of objects created within the artist- in-residence of the University ITMO.

Sonic Sculpture: concept, history,

An urban sculpture is an important part of the city architecture. As public art, it can reflect the city's cultural connotation and temperament. Its image can reflect the spirit and the character of the city.

A conventional urban sculpture is silent. However, it is surrounded by sounds of the city like traffic, conversations, construction, etc, and the constant stream of those sounds constitute something that we call 'sonic pollution'.

One way to improve the microclimate of public spaces, eliminating sound pollution, is sound design. The sounds of the city are included in the composition, transforming them into a harmonious musical work. A therapeutic oasis is formed around this sounding sculpture, a special space in which you can relax from the intense urban rhythm.
Interactivity is the central element of sound sculpture: the sound parameters are determined by the audience, data about the time of day, the time of year, weather conditions, etc. Such multichannel sound compositions are designed to breathe life into static sculptural artifacts, as well as to create a harmonious sound aesthetics of the urban environment.

Participants will get acquainted with the concept and history of sonic sculpture, learn about the technologies used in this field.

Target Audience: IT specialists, architects, designers, artists.
New mobile music interfaces
Workshop on the use of modern tools and techniques for creating musical composition and performance, in particular using the iPhone / iPad to generate sound modulation, control various parameters via MIDI and OSC.

New interfaces allow you to reduce the time spent on programming. This means that there is more time left for creativity, expressing emotions in music. Such musical interfaces stimulate the musical imagination, motivate to improvise and compose.

The seminar will cover the following topics:
Introduction to music applications for iPhone / iPad;
Creation of sessions in Ableton Live for composition and performance;
Execution and recording of instruments (audio, MIDI);
Publication and distribution of musical works.

Neuro Opera
The presentation on the topic of neurobiology, including the story about the Neuro opera, opens a dialogue about the impact of cognitive technologies and neuroscience for creative practices.
The prevalence of new technologies and human brain research exacerbates the problems of confidentiality, observation, autonomy and consciousness.

The lecture covers the following issues:
Are our electroencephalographs (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging and other biometric data the essence of who we are and what we think?

How will these data be used to identify, train thoughts, manipulate memories and identities, called "brainworms" or "brain prints"?
If cognitive processes can be controlled and collected, how do we prepare for this new era of observation?

Artists and musicians have experimented with brain waves since the 1960s. At present, new types of household neurosets are used for artistic research.

The idea of cyborg gave way to the century of the development of human-machine interaction, and the brain began to be regarded as exploring the site-specific performative space.

Noor is the world's first neuro-opera, which premiered at the Run Run Creative Media Center in Hong Kong on May 18, 2016.


The artist seeks the truth in beauty,
scientist - beauty in truth

Taras Mashtalir
media artist, composer
Ideologist of the SONICOLOGY (Ecology of Sound)
an innovative international initiative to create harmonious sound aesthetics in urban environments through the use of the latest technologies.
Taras Mashtalir
media artist, composer
Ideologist of the SONICOLOGY (Ecology of Sound)
an innovative international initiative to create harmonious sound aesthetics in urban environments through the use of the latest technologies.
Taras Mashtalir in his multimedia works, using the latest techniques and various electronic and computer systems, seeks to form a harmonious sound aesthetics involving the audience into interaction.

His interactive multimedia installations were exhibited at numerous international festivals, such as LUMEN EX, ISEA, ZEBRA, Brooklyn International Film Festival, FIFI, Moscow Book Festival, ELO, E-Poetry, Interrupt II, Oslo poesifilm, Liberated Words, Tarp and others.

Over the past eight years, he has conducted numerous lectures and seminars on interactive technologies at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Harvestworks in New York, Bard College, Kingston University in London, the State Hermitage Museum and the European Biennale of Contemporary Art MANIFESTA10, and presented his work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, UCSC and Harvard.

Currently, Taras is an artist in the Art & Science residence of the ITMO University in St. Petersburg, teaching the course "Sonic Ecology: Harmonious Sound Aesthetics in Urban Environments".

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