In the UBC laptop orchestra, or SUBCLASS (standing for Sonic UBC Laptop Sound and Sensors), we take various sensors (accelerometers, webcams, wiimotes, kinects etc.), hook them up to our computers and figure out how to use them as musical instruments. The orchestra brings together students from several different disciplines (music, dance, engineering, computer science), and we all work together to write and perform music using the instruments we design.

In 2014, the engineers made a video which shows off some of our instruments. I did the sounds and dsp/gesture recognition for Diana's instrument, and I also had a hand in programming the granular synthesis module for Greg's instrument (the garbled voices).


Subclass improv session.

See here for the video: 

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In February 2014, SUBCLASS travelled to Belgium to collaborate with engineering students in the Numediart lab at the University of Mons.

Here's a link to the blog, which has a ton of videos and photos from the project as well as info on more recent SUBCLASS projects:

The video on the left is of Dramatic Events. Dramatic events was a collaboration between Kieran Coulter (computer programmer/composer), Jason Wong (engineer), Diana Brownie (dance), and myself (composer/programmer/guitarist). The music and dance was about 60% improvised. Diana has an iPhone strapped to her back, which triggers sounds based on her movements. She also uses two PS move controllers to create atmospheric notes and to create a digital painting using the projector. Jason, has an iPad, which creates crinkling sounds when he uses the touch screen. Premiered during the SUBCLASS residency at the Numediart lab in Mons. 

 For more info on Dramatic Events see my post: 

Later in the year... the annual Bang! Festival.

Catching Echoes excerpt. Performed by Conor Stuart and Angelique Po.

See here for more info: Catching Echoes