Find out at lecture, concert on April 12

The intersection of music and technology will be on display April 12 in the CSU Monterey Bay Music Hall.

robotic instrumentsIn a lecture-demonstration at 1 pm., composer and music technologist Steven Kemper will discuss the growing field of musical robotics and his work with Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI), a collective dedicated to creating and composing music for robotic instruments.

He will also demonstrate TAPI – Transportable Automatic Percussion Instrument – created by EMMI.

Kemper composes acoustic and electronic music for humans, computers and robots. He earned a Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Virginia in the Composition and Computer Technologies program.

At 7 p.m., the public is invited to an evening of interactive electronic music, from experimental to beat-based.

“Beats, bellies & bots: A concert of interactive belly dance and electronic music” will be performed by Kemper and composer-performer Aurie Hsu.

The lecture-concert highlights compositions and improvisations featuring interactive belly dance and electronic music. Kemper and Hsu co-created the RAKS (Remote electroAcoustic Kinesthetic Sensing) system, a wireless sensor interface for belly dance movement.

The event is free, but visitors must purchase a $2 parking permit. The Music Hall is located on Sixth Avenue near Butler Street. Driving directions and a campus map are available here.