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Keynote speaker in Belfast

In February Sophia Alexandersson, founder of ShareMusic & Performing Arts, participated in Northern Ireland’s first science festival NI Science Festival 2015. As a keynote speaker she gave a presentation during the Inclusive Creativity – Showcase Symposium on music, technology and disability at Ulster University in Belfast.

Sophia AlexanderssonThe day’s topic was how to implement and use music in an artistic context. During the day the symposium showed ”hardware and software development in the creation of new musical instruments and performance and composition environments for musicians with disabilities”. The reason why Share Music was invited is the organisation’s experience in implementing music technology into their artistic work with stage performances. The audience included representatives from the music industry, schools and developers.

Sophia’s keynote presentation was a ”showcase” symposium on music, technology and disability, focusing on Share Music’s latest stage production called Mondgewächse. Different interfaces were presented such as the Mouth Piece and the Feedback Plate. And Sophia described the work process from the idea to premiere of the multimedia piece Mondgewächse.

James PikeSophia also participated in a panel discussion with Dr Brendan McCloskey (Ulster University), Professor Frank Lyons (Director of Arts & Humanities Research Institute, University of Ulster) and Audio Visual Programming Developer James Pike (University of Ulster).

-When does an interface become an instrument? -How can you use instruments that already exist in a new way? Those were some of the most discussed topics. The visitors were also able to test interfaces themselves, for example James Pike’s Wave Motion (see picture). Share Music’s keynote presentation created great interest among the audience and the other speakers. We hope to be back again next year!

Keynote speaker in Belfast