Adam James Wilson

Welcome to my homepage. I'm a composer and improvisor, and I lead something of a dual musical life. Some of my music is highly formalized — algorithmically composed — and some is the product of collaborative free improvisation. Much of my recent work involves writing software for automatic music improvisation and real-time human-computer interaction in live music performance. My hope is to develop a way of working that combines these approaches to making music without diluting or compromising the features that accord each its own power.


News

August 28, 2013:  I'm happy and very excited to join the New York City College of Technology as an Assistant Professor, teaching in the Emerging Media Technologies program of the Entertainment Technology department!

May 10, 2012:  New mix of Cross-talk, for guitar, piano, infrared motion-capture audio processing and computer improvisation system, performed by William Brent (piano) and myself (fretless electric guitar) at the Ammerman Center 13th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology.

March 1-3, 2012, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, Connecticut College, New London, CT: For the Ammerman Center 13th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology, William Brent and I will perform and present a new work, Cross-talk, for guitarist, pianist, and semi-autonomous computer, in which the human instrumentalists manipulate live audio using infrared motion-capture technology. Check out this paper describing the technology developed for the piece.

[ 2010 News ]

April 24, 2010, 8:00 PM, Papacookie Lounge, 201 W. 86th Street, #806, New York, NY: Duets with Katt Hernandez (violin). Improvisation partners include Gordon Beeferman (piano), Jonathan Vincent (accordion), and Adam James Wilson (guitar).

[ 2009 News ]

August 20, 2009, 2:30 PM, Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University, Montreal: I present two papers, A Symbolic Sonification of L-Systems and Flocking in the Time-Dissonance Plane, at the 2009 Internation Computer Music Conference.

July 11, 2009, 7:00 PM, UCSD Calit2 Black Box Theater: A second performance of the re-vamped Duoquadraginatpus, for fretless guitar and thirty-two percussion-playing robots, takes place as part an evening of Music Under the Influence of Computers.

June 15, 2009, 8:00 PM, Galerija Kapelica, Ljubljana, Slovenia: Miller Puckette presents music and research from the UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, including work associated with The Duoquadraginatpus, at the Earzoom Sonic Arts Festival.

May 19, 2009, 8:00 PM, UCSD Calit2 Auditorium: I will perform my composition-in-progress, The Duoquadraginatpus, for fretless guitar and thirty-two percussion-playing robots built by William Brent. This project is the culmination of my doctoral work at UCSD. Check here in the near future for media documentation of our progress.

[ 2008 News ]

May 17, 2008, 8:00 PM, UCSD Warren Studio A: Arto Artinian (flute) and I (fretless guitar) perform with my Max/MSP improvisation system. Free.

May 8, 2008, 8:00 PM, UCSD Calit2 Auditorium: Ross Karre performs my new solo percussion piece, Osmosis, incorporating laser-triggered electronics and an enormous 6'-diameter tam-tam. The tam-tam is featured in all of the compositions on this concert, including Philippe Manoury's Neptune and Stockhausen's Mikrophonie. Free.

February 27, 2008, 5:00 PM, UCSD Mandeville Auditorium: Soprano Anne-Marie Dicce and members of Steve Schick's Red Fish Blue Fish ensemble, including Justin DeHart, Jonathan Hepfer, Matthew Jenkins, and Ross Karre, premiere my new composition for voice, four percussionists, and 8-channel surround sound — The Quadropus. Tickets are $10.00.


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