23.Mar.2016 Kerry Hagan on “Using the z12 for composition and sound synthesis”

By | March 21, 2016

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 23rd, 6:00PM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 365 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.


My compositional practice in computer music explores textural composition using real-time computer methods. Recent work with Miller Puckette led to a new algorithm that has been used for a variety of purposes, including sound synthesis itself. My talk will briefly discuss textural composition, what it means and the aesthetic consequences of working primarily with texture. Then, I will present two pieces that utilize the z12 algorithm designed with Miller Puckette. I will end with demonstrating and explaining z12 in depth.


KerryHaganKerry is a composer and researcher working in both acoustic and computer media. She develops real-time methods for spatialization and stochastic algorithms for musical practice. Her work endeavours to achieve aesthetic and philosophical aims while taking inspiration from mathematical and natural processes. In this way, each work combines art with science and technology from various domains. As a researcher, Kerry’s interests include real-time algorithmic methods for music composition and sound synthesis, spatialization techniques for 3D sounds and electronic/electroacoustic musicology. 

In 2010, Kerry led a group of practitioners to form the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association, where she served as President until 2015.

Currently, Kerry is a Lecturer at the University of Limerick in the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre (formerly CCMCM). She is the Principal Investigator for the Spatialization and Auditory Display Environment (SpADE).