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Date and location

from May 22, 2019 until May 23, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Orpheus Institute

Music, Humans, and Machines

Eventfrom May 22, 2019 until May 23, 2019

Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2019

This conference explores musician’s long relationship with their instruments and instrumentalities, questioning issues of autonomy and agency in the apparent dichotomy between tools and musical expression. From the "mechane" of Greek theatres from which gods were suspended, to Mozart’s description of the Stein fortepiano’s knee-lever as “Die Maschine”, to the epoch-defining technologies of recording, sound synthesis, and algorithmic composition of more recent times, performers and composers have relied on mechanical means to create magic in their art.

The Orpheus Institute docARTES programme invites artists, composers, performers and all artistic researchers to participate in its 2019 doctoral conference, where we will engage in reflections on the tangible interdependences between music-makers and their tools. We invite participants from a wide range of disciplines – those that concern new and old instruments, as well as those in the field of musical automaton and their expressive use – in order to bring together multiple perspectives, and cover an extended range of artistic experiences: from historically informed performance to contemporary and electroacoustic music creation.

The one-day conference opens with a concert, which welcomes both artistic presentations and scholarly papers, giving special attention to practice-based research.

“Music, Humans and Machines” Orpheus Doctoral Conference, aims to offer the possibility to get a better understanding and to widen the perspectives about the complex relationship between musicians and their instruments, especially pertinent in this moment where human expressivity is entangled in inanimate “machines”. Although the disciplines may be diverse, the conference will focus on the interplay between artistic vision and its mechanical realisation, and through addressing this common thread, new and transdisciplinary ideas may arise.

Keynote Speakers

Fari Bradley (London College of Communication - LCC, University of the Arts - UAL, London), Nic Collins (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Nicholas Cook (University of Cambridge)


Call for proposals now closed.


22 May

18:00 - keynote speakers: Fari Bradley + Nic Collins
20:00 - public concert, Orpheus Institute Concert Hall

23 May
10:00 - 16:00 - Paper presentations 
16:00 - Keynote speaker: Nicholas Cook

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