Socks and Ammo for piano, percussion and live electronics, is a new work investigating novel methods of communication between laptop and performer, as well as performer and performer, in an improvisational setting. Enhancing traditional aural and visual cues, a network is established between laptops, providing direction and suggestion to and between performers. Tactile feedback is provided to performers in the form of tiny vibrations on the skin, opening up a further, yet covert, channel of information to transmit signals and cues, allowing for a more informed and focused performance.
=== About the performers:
Lauren Sarah Hayes: Composer and performer from Glasgow. Her recent practice focuses on realizing compositions for piano and live electronics, which unify extended technique, bespoke software and instrument augmentation. Undertaken at the University of Edinburgh, her research investigates audio-haptic relationships as performance strategies for performers of digital music.
Christos Michalakos: Composer and improviser from northern Greece. Working predominantly with percussion and live electronics, his music explores relationships between acoustic and electronic sound worlds, through an examination of methods for developing and augmenting his drum kit, forming part of his PhD research at the University of Edinburgh.
=== Recorded at:
11th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. 30 May - 1 June 2011, Oslo, Norway.