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Saturday, May 20 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Seeing Rhythm, Feeling Sound

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Interfacing synths and visuals with drums through Sensory Percussion. In the same way that there are infinities between any two numbers, an acoustic drum can respond with infinite variation to the human touch. The timbral characteristics of drums are continuous, dimensionally deep, and intimately tied to our musical impulses. In this presentation, Tlacael Esparza, Co-founder of Sunhouse and creator of groundbreaking electronic drum technology Sensory Percussion, will demonstrate how these fundamental characteristics of drums can enable truly expressive and intuitive control for electronic processes. Through demonstration and performances with special guests, we will focus on the synesthetic space between acoustic vibration and video/audio synthesis.

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Tlacael Esparza

Tlacael is a co-founder of the music tech start-up Sunhouse and inventor of Sensory Percussion, a new system for expressive electronic percussion. Sunhouse uses the latest advances in machine learning, music information retrieval and signal processing to create new tools for musicians that fuse the intuitive control of acoustic instruments with the limitless potential of digital processes. A professional drummer with over fourteen years of... Read More →
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Sunhouse is a new kind of music tech company: their instruments are made for musicians, by musicians. Using the latest advances in sensor and signal technology, their products reinvigorate live performance and expand the sonic possibilities of music making. Their operation is based in New York City and all of their technology is designed and manufactured in the US.

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Instrument Design

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music will always permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the door opened to radical... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Full Frame Theatre 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701
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