Ben Carey is a Sydney-based saxophonist/composer/technologist with interests in contemporary classical, improvised, interactive and electro-acoustic music. After completing a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2005, Ben moved to France to study saxophone and contemporary music under Marie-Bernadette Charrier at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux. Back in Australia, Ben is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Technology, Sydney focused upon the design and development of interactive musical systems for improvised performance with instrumental musicians. Ben has performed and exhibited work in Australia, New Zealand, France, Austria, the United States and Switzerland.
NIME 2016 at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane is all wrapped up. A great few days of talks, performances, workshops and installations. This has been my busiest and most collaborative NIME yet - with a jointly run workshop on creating Musebots with Arne Eigenfeldt and Ollie Bown, an installation of the same project, a paper on Practice-based Research with Andrew Johnston of CCS, and two performances with pianist Zubin Kanga. My latest system/piece 'taking the auspices' was premiered last night... a new work for prepared piano, live electronics and live visuals.. it's a new audio-visual concept that I look forward to evolving further.
After quite a long slog, I have finally finished my PhD at UTS! My thesis, _derivations and the Performer-Developer: Co-Evolving Digital Artefacts and Human-Machine Performance Practices has been accepted, and you can access a digital copy here or here.
Interview with Tobias Fischer about _derivations, human-machine creativity and coding aesthetics published over at tokafi.com
Review of _derivations release by Matthew Lorenzon published over at Partial Durations
NIME 2014 | Amersham Arms (New Cross), London UK, July 2nd, 9pm
Performance with _derivations at 'Improv NIME' - during the 2014 Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Hyde/Bierstone Duo | Studio, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester UK, October 7th, 6.30pm
Newly formed electro-acoustic duo Covalent (Zane banks - electric guitar, Ben Carey - saxophone and electronics), will perform a concert of semi-improvised and composed works for electric guitar, saxophone and live electronics.
The Sydney algorithmic improviser hack-together will take place over 3 days in April and will bring together scientists, artists and other enthusiasts in pursuit of the creation of pieces of music-playing software that exhibit modest but noticeable forms of autonomy and musical capability when paired up with human improvising musicians. The hack-together will provide an opportunity to collaborate and explore technologies, techniques and critical issues of musical autonomy. The gathering will culminate in a performance on April 21st showcasing systems produced prior to and during the workshop. The performance will include the following musicians: Peter Hollo (cello), Adrian Lim-Klumpes (rhodes), Evan Dorian (drumkit), Ben Carey (saxophone) and Roger Dean (keyboard).
In the late 1970's, Robert Plutchik adapted his concept of the eight primary emotions into a striking graph known as "Plutchik's Flower." Though this represents a simplified version of the emotional experience, it conveys the elegance of our evolution from natural origins. Using sounds and images taken from the natural word, and a new system for live spectral composition based on Plutchik's Flower, we will return to the wild, unfurled landscape of the mind. Experience a new approach to improvisation and a unique perspective on the forms of nature in an evening of musical and visual impressions.
Benedict Carey (composer and electronics), Daniel Mayne (visual artist), Rhia Parker (recorders), Benjamin Carey (saxophones), Megan Clune (clarinet), and Ben Goodger (electric guitars).
diffuse 6 @ UTS | Bon Marche Theatre, (University of Technology, Sydney) November 18th, 6.30pm
_derivations is an interactive performance system designed for use in improvisatory musical performance. Acting outside the direct control of any human operator, _derivations listens to the performance of its collaborators and uses this information to make decisions about its own contribution to the unfolding musical dialogue. The resulting interactions are often abstract, intricate and playful, and showcase the unique possibilities afforded by placing both human and machine on an equal footing in performance.
For more information on the project you will find up to date downloads, videos, audio and texts related to the software at derivations.net
thoughts, experiments and discoveries in sound, interaction and electroacoustic music
stereo and 5-channel surround soundfile granulators - download here
XY Markov Player
Markov chain patch for creating probabilistic automations based on XY pad movements - download here
Here is a youtube playlist containing some Max tutorials for students. This series was developed for Visualisation and Sonification studio taught on the Bachelor of Sound and Music Design at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Below you will find a selection of small MaxMSP patches developed for students.
An additive synthesiser for mixing 3-voice tone clusters. The user navigates through coloured nodes to mix the amplitudes of the chosen tone clusters. Three performance modes, droning, rhythms and one shot triggering.
An additive synthesis patch used as an ear training and sound design tool. The patch was programmed for students to construct timbres by manipulating the amplitudes of the first 16 partials of the harmonic series.