Composing adaptive music, theory and praxis - Jan Kavan (República Checa)

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Adaptive music is a special case of non-linear music, where both form, structure and composition material are influenced in various degree by externally supplied variables. In this short lecture I will present the challenges connected with creating such music and outline possible solutions how to approach nonlinear adaptive composition. Understanding adaptive music also means to understand that traditional means of composition are severely limited and that a contemporary approach to music composition opens much wider range of possibilities and dynamism.

Jan Kavan (*1979)

Is a composer, cellist, programmer and game developer. He achieved master's degree and doctoral degree at JAMU in Brno (Composition and Theory of Composition) where he currently teaches composition, multimedia composition, interactive and electroacoustic music. In 1999, together with Ivo Medek, co-founded Ensemble Marijan - specialized at performing their own composed, comprovised and multimedia pieces.

He is a member of a string quartet “Metamorphosis” and an international string formation “Rêve Général”. As a soloist he performed with North Czech Philharmonic, Czech Chamber Soloists and the Moravian Philharmonic specializing at contemporary classical music. He is long time member of an experimental ensemble tEóRia OtraSu.

Apart from traditional composition he specializes in procedural, adaptive and live response music as well as multimedia compositions. He authored a book about Pure Data and often lectures about procedural and adaptive music at various events and conferences. As a game developer he worked on many titles and last year released multiple awards-winning psychological horror game “Someday You'll Return”.

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