In July, I was honored to perform a revised version of Michael Rothkopf‘s Improvisation for Flute and Computer. Dr. Rothkopf, a composition and music technology professor at UNC School of the Arts, created a complex computer program which analyzes six elements of sound being produced by the performer (frequency, amplitude, etcetera), proceeds to make quick decisions with regards to how it ought to respond to those six elements (similarly, or in contrast?), and generates sounds of its own. I imagine that, in a way, performing the piece was something like playing chess with Deep Blue. There is always an element of the unexpected.
Click here to listen to a recording of the live performance.