May SEED Salon: TILING SPACE WITH MUSICAL CANONS
Donation: 5 Euro.
Most people believe that music and mathematics have little in common. Whilst one seems the fabric of dreams, the other is the skeleton of abstract reasoning. That both are in fact tightly linked will be shown by French composer Georges Bloch and Italian mathematician Moreno Andreatta, who are based at the interdisciplinary centre for music IRCAM in Paris. Using the rich examples of musical tiling canons, which tile the musical space in much the same way as the famous geometrical structures do in M. C. Escher's intriguing drawings, they demonstrate how much of music can be penetrated and/or inspired by mathematics - and vice versa, how musical questions can lead to interesting problems and answers in mathematics. The salon will finish with a multi-media improvisation, which combines sound and video, jazz and contemporary music.
An accompanying 3-hour WORKSHOP takes place on Saturday 5th of May. For more information on the salon and the workshop click here.
Georges Bloch is a composer, teacher and singer, who studied engineering in France and Composition and Computer Music at University of California, San Diego. He currently teaches at the University of Strasbourg and at IRCAM in Paris. As a singer he performed with “Vorwärts Harmonic Blass Band”, sound poetry with Jaap Blonk, new music with several ensembles. As a composer he conceived Memories of Monk (2004-2006), an installation with saxophone, live video and computer assisted improvisation, and many other pieces, which make use of musical tiling canons.
Moreno Andreatta graduated in Mathematics at the University of Pavia and in Piano Performance at the Conservatory of Novara in Italy. He is a researcher at IRCAM within the Music Representation Team where he also contributes to the development of new tools for the mathematics and music software OpenMusic. In his spare time he composes, sings and plays French and Italian chansons with “Nationale 91”.
Both events are supported by the ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY in conjunction with the DEPFA BANK.