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Coming Soon: Avatar Machine Learning Improv Assistant Max for Live Pack

The Tavel Lab will soon be commercially releasing version 1.0 of the Avatar Machine Learning Improvisational Assistant, developed by Jason Palamara and Scott Deal. The Avatar program is a machine-learning-enabled “choice engine” which provides a dynamically sensitive duet while listening to live vibraphone performances. The initial version is geared for use with a vibraphone, with additional instruments soon to follow. Using this system, the musician performs improvisations on the vibraphone while the software listens, closely following the vibraphone performance. The package employs a Markov-chain model culled from Scott Deal’s improvisations. This mindfile database allows the software to generate novel content based on Scott Deal’s style. While the Markov transition database provides note-to-note transitions, the AvatarPlayer makes use of this data in several ways. Throughout a performance, the AvatarPlayer cycles through five playback behaviors (favor repetition, favor novelty, favor four notes, favor chords, and favor phrases), all of which make use of the database differently.

Deal performs Percussion Collection works at Improtech Paris-Philly

Scott Deal presented performances of John Mallia’s Husk, with aura, along with Deal’s Goldstream Variations at Improtech Paris-Philly, a festival jointly sponsored by IRCAM (France) and the University of Pennsylvania. The festival drew noted musicians in electronic music, including Roscoe Mitchell, Bob Ostertag, the electronics duo Matmos, and Daphne Naphtali.  Pictured above is John Mallia making final preparations for the electronics, seated behind the large percussion set up for his piece. For more information, visit the Improtech website

Percussion Computer Media Collection featured at PASIC 2017

Scott Deal presented a performance clinic in November at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention titled “Tools and Techniques for Percussion and Computer”. The session highlighted several of the works in the Percussion Collection, including Elainie Lillios’ “The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind”, Michael Drews’ “Surveillance”, and Deal’s Goldstream Variations”

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