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For nearly fifteen years Kristin Erickson has worked as a recording and performing artist based in San Francisco, Berlin, and Los Angeles — touring throughout five continents and releasing scores of albums, websites, musicmusic performance, and research on music cognition.
In May 2013, Kristin will complete her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in the Performer-Composer program at the California Institute of the Arts. The focus of her doctoral research has been the development of an audio performer-programming language distributed to a network of performers using wireless devices and headphones. In order to model computer architecture, evolution, and artificial intelligence into social environments, parallel audio signals communicate time-organized instructions to performers. Incorporating theories of logic, sound and semiotics, the performer-programming language is compiled by the performers when the instructions are interpreted.
Kristin's research extends traditional sonification and auralization to include the world of interactive, interdisciplinary performance as a method for interpreting and representing data. The performance behavior language runs on a platform she is developing called Telebrain, currently a cross-platform, socket-based web application written in node.js. By repurposing technology developed for virtual worlds, and applying the concepts to real-space collaborative performances, Kristin's work moves away from a visually dominated virtual reality — toward an audio-organized augmented reality. She has been invited to present a paper on this topic at the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in June 2013.
Part of Kristin's compositional process involves applying computational concepts to computer-less environments. This year she is organizing a Pandemic Performance — a mass, anti-disciplinary performance featuring people as the medium. People are a dynamic network of self-organizing agents, mutating and adapting from individual and collective behaviors. As communication and interaction resonate through a crowd, unpredictable patterns emerge and evolve. Pandemic Performance is the active exploration of using human social interactions as a collaborative expressive art-form. A particularly successful Pandemic Performance, titled EVOLOVE, is a performance model of a genetic algorithm used to organize scalable, improvised interactions.
Since 2010, Kristin has taught a wide range of courses and private lessons in the music school at California Institute of the Arts, including Composition Lessons (undergraduate and graduate); Synthesis and Studio Production; The Reproduction of Sound; Performance Methods; Undergraduate Composers’ Forum; Post-Tonal Theory; Rhythm Fundamentals; and Choreographers and Composers. An example of curricular creativity is Kristin's invention of an Improvised Music Theater class designed for students of all disciplines to generate original collaborative work.