Mammoth Beat Organ keynote video for NIME2020 conference

The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression gathers researchers and musicians from all over the world to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design. The conference started out as a workshop at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in 2001. Since then, an annual series of international conferences have been held around the world, hosted by research groups dedicated to interface design, human-computer interaction, and computer music. The twentieth edition of the conference will be hosted by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, a world-leading music institution and one of the eight conservatoires in the UK.

Me and Sam Underwood were invited to play a show with our Mammoth Beat Organ for the conference – but due to the cv-19 situation, we made a video instead. Normally for a show we get together a week or so beforehand to develop some new ideas for the machine as well as to rehearse. So we did something similar but each in isolation – working independently on new sound-making modules for the system, then making a new collaborative piece together. Our video serves as an introduction to the Mammoth Beat Organ as a whole, some of the ideas behind it, an introduction to each of the new modules and some footage of us playing them and playing the machine live. Some stills below to whet your appetite, info on the full conference is here:

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