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Thanks to the Making Waves New Music portal for including ‘Untold‘ by iubar project and Modus Op in their March playlist called ‘Radiophonic Waves’. The playlist features selected new works that inhabit and explore radiophonic composition.

I also had the privilege of my profile being added to Making Waves New Music’s showcase of Australian contemporary composers here.

The track ‘Untold‘ is one of my most personal compositions (it’s also a collab with Sydney based Modus Op). It has been released last year by the legendary collective Clan Analogue celebrating 25 years of independent Australian electronic music-making in 2017 with the release of their 50th record, the new compilation album Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm (CA050). You can read an in-depth description of how this album (on which I also worked as a project advisor) was created on Clan’s web site.

An here’s is a review of the album in the Cyclic Defrost magazine.

 

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Just before Xmas, I published an article in what appears to be the first ever special issue of a popular music journal presenting new musical creations as research, using sound to explore new research ideas.

In the article, I document and analyse my collaborative process of using Ohm Studio while producing the track titled ‘The Giver’. Aptly, it was also an Xmas tune like no other created with no face to face contact by 4 musicians located in Australia, Poland, Italy and the U.S.

The paper is available in the open access journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) and can be accessed for free here, alongside audio files documenting various stages of the song production.

Copies of the PDF are also available on my Research Gate and Academia profiles and the final outcome (a 2-track single) can be heard on Bandcamp and Spotify:

Screenshot of the collaborative session in Ohm Studio

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The 12th Art of Record Production Conference took place just over two weeks ago in Stockholm. At the event, I had the opportunity to deliver a presentation summarising my mobile music production and research titled ‘The Tactile Evolution – Mobile Electronic Music Production and Digital Affordances of Apps’.

The conference was hosted by the The Royal College of Music which has some fantastic facilities, including a 29:4 room called the Dome where I also had the pleasure to present my work. The Dome features 29 loudspeakers mounted in 3 concentric rings plus 4 sub-woofers. The room was used for some very interesting presentations of spatial and multi-channel sound design. Over 3 days there were 3 parallel sessions and several keynotes responding to this year’s conference theme: Mono: Stereo: Multi. See a complete list of abstracts and the program for more details. The conference also included multiple musical surprises, such as the visit from the local children’s choir singing traditional Swedish Xmas music and the interview with Benny Andersson of Abba, who played some of his work on the piano as well (see the Instagram video of Benny and a still from the Abba museum below).

For quite some time now there has been a wealth of music production-oriented innovation coming out of Sweden and it was fascinating to discover that some of the music apps that I use in my work were created by graduates of The Royal College of Music.

My trip to the conference was eventful in other ways too as I in a rush to the airport, I left my backpack with my iPad and wallet on a local train. After I left Sweden for Poland where I had another workshop to deliver, I found out that the train driver found my backpack intact. I promptly ordered the lost item to be couriered to my via UPS, but then UPS lost my backpack in transit! I’m now writing these words in Australia and UPS have since found the backpack which is now traveling to Poland because UPS refused to send it to me to Australia. So there are still some issues to be dealt with when it comes to UPS…

The conference was a resounding success though and while in Stockholm I also interviewed Jakob Haq (who is running the excellent haQ attaQ channel on YouTube) so stay tuned for this recording!

 

The Dome with the 29:4 height and position adjustable sound system

 

Setting up my iPad for the presentation

 

Talking about Animoog

 

Presenting the TC-11 app

 

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The Dome’s spatial sound mixing console

 

A surprise visit from the local children’s choir

 

Conference dinner with live music

 

ARP 2017 Live Music Program

 

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Benny Andersson of Abba at the piano and as a wax figure at the Abba museum (second slide)

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My recent publication, co-authored with Ed Montano, in Kinephanos, Journal of Media Studies and Popular Culture on “Cloud Connectivity and Contemporary Electronic Dance Music Production” is available at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin_Koszolko

This is one of the outcomes of my practice-based PhD research project on Remote Music Collaboration Software (RMCS). If you’re interested in how musicians can collaborate remotely and crowdsource musical input, you can read another article on this topic available at the above link and originally published in the Journal on the Art of Record Production.

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Posted by Tilde New Music and Sound Art on Monday, 2 January 2017

Excited to announce iubar project‘s performance at the upcoming Tilde New Music and Sound Art Festival on January 21st 2017 in Melbourne. Beside playing as iubar, I will contribute to two collaborative performances at the same festival. Here is a quick improvised jam from the first rehearsal for what is currently titled ‘Collaboration 3’ with Kevan Atkins, Kitty Xiao and Hannah Reardon-Smith.

And below is an excerpt from the score for this collaborative performance.

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The Giver by KOshowKO is a Xmas tune like no other. A fruit of remote music collaboration, made in Ohm Studio with musicians from 4 countries on 3 continents who never had a chance to meet face-to-face in the same studio.
This is a charity single with proceeds donated to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation. It costs only $1.50 on Bandcamp but is also available in all digital music stores.
Enjoy!

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If you’re into synths and happen to be in Melbourne, catch me speaking about ‘Digital Affordances of iOS-based Synthesisers’ at the 2nd Annual Synthposium on Monday the 14th of November. Click on the poster below for further info.

2nd-annual-synthposium poster

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