Outputs

Intelligent Instruments Lab outputs organised under the following categories:

Conference Papers

2024

  • Tölvera: Composing With Basal Agencies. Jack Armitage, Victor Shepardson & Thor Magnusson. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2024 (NIME 2024), Utrecht, Netherlands. [pdf]
  • Artificial Life in Integrated Interactive Sonification and Visualisation: Initial Experiments with a Python-Based Workflow. Jack Armitage, Miguel Crozzoli & Daniel Jones. Proc. International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2024), Troy, NY, USA. [pdf]
  • Pop Live Coding Encounters: Reflections on Practice. Sarah Davis, Jack Armitage & Gus Lobban. Proc. International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC 2024), Shanghai, China. [pdf]
  • Sketching Magnetic Interactions for Neural Synthesis. Nicola Privato, Giacomo Lepri, Thor Magnusson & Einar Torfi Einarsson. TENOR 2024, Zurich, Switzerland. [pdf]

2023

  • Explainable AI in Music Performance: Case Studies from Live Coding & Sound Spatialisation. Celeste Betancur, Jack Armitage, Victor Shepardson & Nicola Privato. XAI in Action: Past, Present, and Future Applications, NeurIPS 2023 Workshop, New Orleans, USA. [pdf]
  • Sardine: a Modular Python Live Coding Environment. Raphaël Maurice Forment & Jack Armitage. 7th International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC2023), Utrecht, Netherlands. [pdf]
  • The A in AIMC. Thor Magnusson. Proc. Artificial Intelligence & Music Creativity 2023. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. html
  • Bela-IREE: An Approach to Embedded Machine Learning for Real-Time Music Interaction. Ezra Pierce, Victor Shepardson, Jack Armitage, and Thor Magnusson. Proc. Artificial Intelligence & Music Creativity 2023. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. [link].
  • A Context-Sensitive Approach to XAI in Music Performance. Nicola Privato, and Jack Armitage. The 1st International Workshop on Explainable AI for the Arts (XAIxArts), ACM Creativity and Cognition (CC), Online, 2023. [pdf]
  • Sculpting Algorithmic Pattern: Informal and Visuospatial Interaction in Musical Instrument Design. Jack Armitage, Thor Magnusson and Andrew McPherson. Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 2023. [pdf]
  • Design Process in Visual Programming: Methods for Visual and Temporal Analysis. Jack Armitage, Thor Magnusson and Andrew McPherson. Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 2023. [pdf]
  • Magnetic Interactions as a Somatosensory Interface, Nicola Privato, Thor Magnusson and Einar Torfi Einarsson. Proceedings of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference. 2023. [pdf]
  • The Living Looper: Rethinking the Musical Loop as a Machine Action-Perception Loop, Victor Shepardson and Thor Magnusson. Proceedings of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference. 2023. [pdf]
  • Ergodynamics of String Feedback: Control interface design for the halldorophone, Halldor Ulfarsson and Thor Magnusson. Proceedings of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference. 2023. [pdf]
  • A Scale-Based Ontology of Digital Musical Instrument Design, Jack Armitage, Thor Magnusson and Andrew McPherson. Proceedings of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference. 2023. [pdf]
  • Studying Subtle and Detailed Digital Lutherie: Motivational Contexts and Technical Needs, Jack Armitage, Thor Magnusson and Andrew McPherson. Proceedings of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference. 2023. [pdf]
  • Agential Scores: Exploring Emergent, Self-Organising and Entangled Music Notation, Jack Armitage and Thor Magnusson, 8th International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation (TENOR) 2023, May 16 20223, Northeastern University, Cambridge, MA. [pdf]
  • The Magnetic Score: Somatosensory Inscriptions and Relational Design in the Instrument-Score, Nicola Privato, Thor Magnusson and Einar Torfi Einarsson, 8th International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation (TENOR) 2023, May 16 20223, Northeastern University, Cambridge, MA. [pdf]

2022

  • Notochord: A Flexible Probabilistic Model for Real-Time MIDI Performance by Victor Shepardson, Jack Armitage and Thor Magnusson at the Artificial Intelligence and Musical Creativity conference. [pdf]
  • Ritualistic Approach to Sonic Interaction Design: A Poetic Framework for Participatory Sonification by Robin Morabito, Jack Armitage and Thor Magnusson at the International Conference for Auditory Display 2022. [pdf]
  • Reflexions upon Feedback by Thor Magnusson, Chris Kiefer and Halldor Ulfarsson at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2022 Conference. [url]
  • The Proto-Langspil: Launching an Icelandic NIME Research Lab with the Help of a Marginalised Instrument by Jack Armitage, Victor Shepardson, Halldor Ulfarsson and Thor Magnusson at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2022 Conference. [url] Honourable Mention for Reproducible Research
  • Autocoder: a Variational Autoencoder for Spectral Synthesis by Davíð Brynjar Franzson, Victor Shepardson and Thor Magnusson. At the International Conference for Computer Music [pdf]

2021

  • “Exploring XAI for the Arts” by Nick Bryan-Kinns, Berker Banar, Corey Ford, Courtney N. Reed, Yixiao Zhang, Simon Colton, and Jack Armitage at the 1st Workshop on eXplainable AI approaches for debugging and diagnosis at the NeurIPS conference.

Books and Book chapters

  • Live Coding: A User’s Manual, by Alan Blackwell, Emma Cocker, Geoff Cox, Alex McLean and Thor Magnusson. 2022. Open Access here. Info at MIT Press
  • Designing the Threnoscope, or, How I Wrote One of My Pieces by Thor Magnusson in Sound Work: Composition as Critical Technical Practice, published by Orpheus Institut. 2021. [url]

Journal articles

  • Editorial: Live Coding Sonic Creativities by Anna Xambo, Gerard Roma and Thor Magnusson. 2023. [url]
  • Snjallhjóðfæri: að skilja gervigreind 21. aldar í gegnum skapandi tónlistartækni by Thor Magnusson. 2021. [url]

Hosted Conferences and Symposia

  • Live Coding Self-Organising Systems Workshop at CuteLab.NYC, New York, NY, USA. info, September, 2023.
  • I Play the Textile Workshop at Iceland University of the Arts. info.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Copyright We co-organised a conference with STEF on copyright at the age of artificial intellgence. [url]. A video stream of the conference can be found here. September, 2023.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Music Creativity (August 2023). An international conference with papers, workshops, presentations and performances. Co-organised by Intelligent Instruments Lab and Experimental Music Technologies Lab (Sussex). [url]
  • Ómar Festival” (July 2023). Performances and demos in Hjalteyri. [url]
  • Composing Systems and Contemporary Luthiere panels at Nordic Music Days, October 2022. [info]
  • Moving Strings Symposium (December 2021). An international symposium with workshops, presentations and performances. [url]

Workshops organised by Intelligent Instruments

We have a dedicated workshop page that describes our workshops in a bit more detail.

  • Embedded Sketching for Neural Synthesis. Nicola Privato and Giacomo Lepri, TENOR 2024, ZhDK (Switzerland) info. April, 2023.
  • Tolvera presentation at Hybrid Live Coding Interfaces symposium info. December, 2023.
  • Stacco: Sketching Magnetic Interactions Nicola Privato, Act-in-out, Fabryka Sztuki (Poland) info. October, 2023.
  • Live Coding Self-Organising Systems. Jack Armitage. CuteLab.NYC, New York, NY, USA. September 2023.
  • Agential Instruments Design Workshop. Jack Armitage, Victor Shepardson, Nicola Privato, Teresa Pelinski, Adan L Benito Temprano, Lewis Wolstanholme, Andrea Martelloni, Franco Santiago Caspe, Courtney N. Reed, Sophie Skach, Rodrigo Diaz, Sean Patrick O’Brien, and Jordie Shier. Proc. Artificial Intelligence & Music Creativity 2023. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. [link].
  • Latent Soundings Workshop. A workshop in Neural Audio Synthesis. June, 2023. [info]
  • Txalaparta and AI. Txalaparta workshop in Dynjandi. April 2023. [info]
  • Txalaparta in Strandir. A workshop in Strandir. April 2023. [info]
  • Organic Intelligence. A workshop on the AI control of Hallgrimskirkja’s Klais organ. February 2023. [info]
  • Embedded AI for NIME: Challenges and Opportunities. Workshop run at NIME with two other institutions. 2022.
  • Living Algorithms workshop at Raflost festival. 2022.
  • Nordic Music Days Workshops at this festival of Nordic Music. September 2022. [info]
  • ixi - Media Lab Aalto Workshop. Applying ii lab technologies in teaching. May, 2022.
  • Trash Sounds Workshop @ RUSL Festival. 2022.
  • ii lab workshop at Omar festival. Hjalteyri. A workshop in ii lab technologies. August, 2022.
  • HLCI Workshop Online organised by Jack Armitage.
  • Panel session: Making art with Machines: Voices, Instruments, Bodies and Sound at the Iceland University of the Arts 2022,
  • Sema Worshop on live coding with machine learning in Web Audio (September 2021) Mexico City.

Workshop Participation

  • NIFTY workshop. Thor Magnusson presenting ii lab work at instrument design conference. 2023.
  • HLCI Workshop. Presentation by Victor Shepardson. 2022.
  • Feedback Musicianship Network workshop. Halldor Ulfarsson and Thor Magnusson. At Aalborg University. 2021.

Residencies

  • Residency “Queer Sonic Fingerprint”. The Hague. Adam Pulz Melbye. 2023.
  • SARC Belfast Improvisation with AI residency. Victor Shepardson. 2023.
  • Tangible Music Lab residency. Linz. Nicola Privato. 2023.
  • Nyksund writing residency. Nyksund, Norway. Thor Magnusson. 2022.
  • On-the-fly residency. Barcelona. Jack Armitage. 2022.

Presentations

  • Hugfæri og tæknileikar: Um hugsandi hljóðfæri og tilraunakennd hugvísindi, Thor Magnusson lecture at the Univeristy of Iceland. 18 April, 2024.
  • On the Making of End of Empire, Nicola Privato with Eva Sajovic at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (UK) as part of the Climate Lab programme. 22 Feb, 2024.
  • Keynote on Intelligent Instruments, Thor Magnusson with a keynote at the AI and Music Symposium. 16 Dec, 2024.
  • Thinking with Intelligent Instruments, Thor Magnusson presenting a keynote at the Orpheus Institute. 11 Dec, 2024.
  • On AI Prosthetics: Notating for Intelligent Instruments Thor Magnusson presentation at the American Musicology Society. info. December, 2023.
  • International Guest Lecture at Hochscholand for scen och musik. Gothenburg. info, October 2023. _ Compositions and Interfaces for the Embodied Understanding of AI Instruments Nicola Privato presenting at I_mBody Lab, Poland. October 2023.
  • The digital and the analogue, A conversation between Thor Magnusson, Hans Johannsson and Patrick Gaydecki. As part of Johansson’s instrument exhibition. Ásmundarsalur, Reykjavík, Iceland, 10 Oct, 2023.
  • CHIME Seminar, Presentations and discussion with Thor Magnusson and Astrid Bin url. As part of the EPSRC funded CHIME network. 4 Oct, 2023.
  • On AI prosthetics: Thinking with Machines, Thor Magnusson talk at PACT Zollverein, Essen, DE. info. September, 2023.
  • Artistic Research and Humanities at Fræðaþing Reykjavíkurakademíunnar. info. October, 2023.
  • No-Input Textiles Mixer, Sophie Skach and Victor Shepardson at the Textile Intersections conference. info, September, 2023.
  • “Agentology for Organology: Cyber-, Bio-, & Eco-Semiotic Perspectives on Instrumental Agency” Jack Armitage at Instruments, Interfaces, Infrastructures: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Musical Media, Harvard University Department of Music, Cambridge, MA. May 2023.
  • Intelligent Instruments Lab at Visindavaka, Reykjavik. [info],
  • “In Between the Analogue and the Digital” Thor Magnusson in a panel session at the International Conference on Live Interfaces. ICLI 2022.
  • “Keynote at ICLC 2021” Thor Magnusson at the International Conference on Live Coding 2021
  • “Sound Seed Automata” Victor Shepardson at HLCI Workshop 2021
  • “ROOT Workshop Talk: Creative Misuse of ROOT.” Jack Armitage at CERN workshop 2022.
  • “Music Technologies that learn. But what are they learning?” Thor Magnusson at the AIM Queen Mary. 2022.
  • “Cling for live coding music and musical instruments.” Jack Armitage at CERN Compiler Research Group
  • Technology presentation at Synthabæli/International Synthesizer Day. Reykjavik City Library. Jack Armitage and Steve Symons. 2022.
  • “Something About Being Human“ Jonathan Chaim Reus at Artist Talk: Making Art with Machines: Voices, Instruments, Bodies and Sound at the Iceland University of the Arts
  • “Performing AI – bodies, sounds and machines“ Marco Donnarumma at Artist Talk: Making Art with Machines: Voices, Instruments, Bodies and Sound at the Iceland University of the Arts. 2022.

Public Media

  • Vélvitið: skapandi gervigreind, radio programme at RÚV, (Icelandic). Jan 2024. [url]
  • Knitting Mathematics and Musical Textiles, a podcast interview with postdoc Sophie Skach. (English). Jan 2024. [url]
  • Skapandi gervigreind, a conversation in Rauða borðið. Jan 2024. (Icelandic) [url]
  • Intelligent Instruments, an interview with Jack Armitage in Lestin. Jan 2024. [url]
  • Matricola Musica, a podcast interview with Nicola Privato. (Italian). Jan 2024. [url]
  • Framtíðarmúsík með fortíðarbrag, interview with Esther Ýr Þorvaldsdóttir about the proto-langspil album. Dec 2023. [url]
  • Do Androids Dream of Composing Music? in Grapevine, Dec 2023. (English) [url]
  • Act_in_out in Fabryka Sztuki (Poland) info. October, 2023. _ Can Computers Create? a public talk at the European Science Night. info. September, 2023.
  • Interview with Thor Magnusson in Gervigreindarlestin. June 2023. (Icelandic) [url]
  • FluCoMa Podcast #10: Thor Magnusson in Flucoma Podcast. May 2023. (English) [url]
  • Sounding Smart in Icelandic Review. April/May 2023. (English) [url]
  • Að greina gervi­greind in Visir by Thor Magnusson. 2023. (Icelandic) [url]
  • Mun gervigreindin breyta okkur? with Thor Magnusson. Rauða borðið. 2023. (Icelandic) [url]
  • Náið samband við hljóðfæri með gervigreind. Fréttablaðið. (Icelandic) [url]
  • Inventing instruments that interact, learn and evolve with the performer at Showcase of citizen science by ERC grantees and other EU-funded projects. 2022. [url]
  • Tímamótastyrkur til rannsóknarverkefnis á vegum LHÍ. RÚV. [url]
  • Ólátagarður. Jack Armitage at RÚV. [url]
  • Four Necks [url]
  • Like a Bees Hive [url]

Performances

  • Magnetologues, Nicola Privato and Giacomo Lepri, Stacco, Neural Synthesis and Ambisonics, TENOR 2024, ZhDK Zurich, Swizerland. info. 6 Apr 2024.
  • NeoArte: Synthesizer of Arts, Thor Magnusson, Halla Steinnunn Stefánsdóttir, Jack Armitage, Miguel Cozzoli, Nicola Privato. Nordic House, Reykjavík. info. 23 Mar 2024.
  • Mouja at IRCAM Forum, Nicola Privato, Thales and Stacco, Neural Synthesis and Ambisonics, IRCAM, Paris, France. info. 21 Mar 2024.
  • Thales at Guthman Competition, Nicola Privato and Jeremy Muller, Thales and Percussions, Georgia Tech Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. info. 9 Mar 2024.
  • Mouja at TEI 2024, Nicola Privato, Thales and Stacco with Neural Synthesis, MTO School of Music, Cork, Ireland.info. 13 Feb, 2024.
  • RASK #7 - Jack Armitage performing at Gaukurinn. info. December 2023.
  • Seasonally Adjusted Sonomes at Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland. info. December 2023.
  • ii lab at Erkitid, Erkitid. Listasafn Reykjavikur. info. December 2023.
  • Ómur Aldanna - Performance by Adam Pulz Melbye and Julia Mogensen, Part of Hans Johannsson’s instrument exhibition. Ásmundarsalur, Reykjavík, Iceland, 10 Oct, 2023.
  • Mouja, Nicola Privato performing at Fabryka Sztuki (Poland). info, October 2023.
  • S27, Nicola Privato performing in Hafnarhus info October 2023.
  • Post-dreifing presents Supersoaker #3, Jack Armitage, Live Coding & DJ Set, Prikið, Reykjavík, Iceland, 5 Oct, 2023.
  • Tour with Flamingo, Adam Pulz Melbye. Jazzakademia Kaunas (Lithuania), Improdimensija Vilnius (Lithuania), Klub Dragon Poznan (Poland), Mausoleum in Tierpark Dessau (Germany), Keith Bar Berlin (Germany).
  • Performance with Sound Energy Harvest, Gaudeamus Festival, Utrecht (Holland). info, September, 2023.
  • Gagnavera at AIMC 2023 Algorave, Jack Armitage, Live Coding, St. Mary’s Church, Brighton, UK, 1 Sep, 2023.
  • Live coding at Menningarnótt, Reykjavik, 2023. [info]
  • PIKKNIKK #6, Jack Armitage, Live Coding, Nordic House, Reykjavík, Iceland, 29 July, 2023.
  • II Lab 2nd Birthday concert in Mengi, Reykjavik. August, 2023. [info]
  • OMAR festival, Thor Magnusson, Victor Shepardson and Giacomo Lepri. 2023.
  • LungA Festival, Jack Armitage, Live Coding & DJ Set, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, 15 July, 2023.
  • HÁTÍÐNI Festival, Jack Armitage, Live Coding & DJ Set, Borðeyri, Iceland, 1 July, 2023.
  • Pandora’s Mycophony, Jack Armitage with Celeste Betancur, Audiovisual live coding with artificial life and machine learning, NIME 2023, Mexico City, Mexico, 2 June, 2023.
  • IILBD002, Mengi, August 2023. Featuring Celeste Betancur, Adam Pultz, Júlía Mogensen, Robin Morabito, Victor Shepardson, Nicola Privato, Jack Armitage.
  • Nicola Privato at Ars Electronica 2023, presenting a lecture-performance titled AI Expainability, Embodiment and Sound in Space: a Case Study.
  • MOTHERBIRD, Jessica Shand, Manuel Cherep and Jack Armitage, 8th International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation (TENOR) 2023, Northeastern University, Cambridge, MA. May 16 2023.
  • FerroNeural, Jack Armitage & Nicola Privato, at Instruments, Interfaces, Infrastructures: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Musical Media, Harvard University Department of Music, Cambridge, MA. May 11 2023.
  • Halldorophone concert at Cafe Oto, London. [info]
  • ii lab at Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik. [info]
  • RAFLOST Festival Opening Party. Jack Armitage. 2022.
  • OMAR festival. Victor Shepardson et al. 2022.
  • Trash Sounds Workshop at RUSL Festival. Final performance.
  • Live coding Tidal with Rave. Algorithmic Arts Assembly. Jack Armitage.
  • Lil Data at PC Music Vol. 3. London. Jack Armitage. 2022.
  • Intelligent Instruments’ Birthday Party at Mengi. Marco Donnarumma, Jonathan Chaim Reus, Hekla, Bob & Vic. 2022.

Installataions and Exhibitions

  • Strengjavera II, at the Nordic House, Reykjavik. Strengjavera, Jack Armitage, Magnetic Resonator Piano and ALife, AIMC 2023, Brighton, UK, Sep 2023.
  • End of Empire, Nicola Privato and Eva Sajovic present the installation at the British Textile Bienniale. info, Manchester. Summer 2023.
  • no-input textiles, Dr Sophie Skach and Victor Shepardson present at the 2023 Textile Intersections info Conference in London. Summer 2023.
  • Strengjavera I, Jack Armitage, Magnetic Resonator Piano and ALife, AIMC 2023, Brighton, UK, info. Sep 2023.

Consultancies

  • Thor Magnusson was a consultant for a Curriculum review Hochschule der Künste Bern. info. December, 2023.
  • Thor Magnusson was a consultant on the Turn it Up exhibition at the Science Museum in London. 2023.
  • Jack Armitage was a technical consultant on the soundtrack for Apple TV+ sci-fi series Silo, working with INNI Music founder and composer Atli Örvarsson. 2023.
  • Thor Magnusson was a consultant on the Turn it Up exhibition in the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. 2022.

Open Source

Many projects can be found on our GitHub page - https://github.com/Intelligent-Instruments-Lab/.

Our Organium: Library of Technical Elements can be explored in an online database