Making Music with Hair

Talk by Chris Bartholomew (he/they) 👩‍👧

Friday from 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM in Stage C

Combining his deep interest in the biology of hair with generative music systems, Chris will give you a an insight into how he has brought the two fields together. After a chance introduction to an Austrailian biology student in 2022, Chris and Jay have spent the last few years researching the mechanics of hair growth, the structures of Amino Acids and Keratins and the composition of different parts of human hair. They used this research to develop a suite of software tools that use these bio-mechanics as a structure for creating music. Chris will cover: - the biology of hair - generative music systems - implementation in Max/MSP and Ableton Live The talk will end with a brand new piece of music created from a single strand of hair.

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