Valery Vermeulen

Dr. Valery Vermeulen is an electronic musician, mathematician, music producer, guest professor at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent and researcher at the Department of Mathematics – Computer Science at t, he University of Antwerp (BE). He holds a Phd in pure mathematics as well as a masters degree in music composition. Since 2003 Vermeulen has been working on various multimedia projects where the interaction between man, machine and mathematics plays a central role. Topics in his work include algorithmic music composition, AI, astrophysics, theoretical physics, econometrics and data sonification.


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Create your own music from (deep)space

This workshop is curated by our friends at Ohme (check them out!). Did you ever wonder how the universe would sound like if you could hear it and if it is possible to make music with it and if so how this can be practically done? In this workshop you will learn allabout it and much more.

Central theme of the workshop is how abstract scientific data such as for example data originating from (deep)space (emitted by various astrophysical objects such as nebula, pulsars, stars,... ) can be used in an innovative way to compose, perform music or create multimedia installations. To this end the focus will be put onto the two creative practices that make this possible: data sonification and interactive sound synthesis. With data sonification we hereby understand the rapidly expanding
field of transforming any given numerical abstract data into sound. Interactive sound synthesis on the other hand encompasses all synthesis techniques where the generated sound is being influenced by one or more external data sources.

For the workshop at KIKK we'll be working with solar data from NASA's GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Sattelite, https://www.nasa.gov/content/goes,
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/observations) and turn this into sound and music using the open source platform Pure Data.

The workshop is open to everyone. Open to novices, curious minds, musicians, sound sculpters, artists, scientists,… No experience or technical pre knowledge required. All the concepts and methods in this workshop will be explained in a hands on and practical way.

Requirements for this workshop:
• Laptop and headphone
• Pd extended (https://puredata.info/downloads/pd-extended )