Concert Poster

Image of participating artists Benjamin Bacon (left), B6 (middle) and Vivian Xu (right) at the

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall taken before the performance.

BIOHARMONIC QUARTET

2018

The Bio-harminic Quartet links together a number of musicians and artists via a biofeedback network. This network acts as a musical interface and uses the collective data of participants’ bodily adtivities to generate music and soundscapes in collaboration with an AI. The goal is to put music production into the context of the increasingly important debates happening between man and machine. It also strives to explore news concepts of musical performance and production utilizing developing technologies. 

This work was created in collaboration with Vivian Xu. It consisted of a machine learning module and basic wearable sensory system. The first iteration of this work was presented at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra during the second half of musician B6's (Nanli Lou) solo concert Blossoms

along-side the Shanghai Philharmonic string quartet, pianists and guitarist Wang Jiawei. This first iteration was a rough proof of concept prototype. We would like to develop this concept further with more custom made technology and fine-tuned live performance results.

Rehearsal with B6, Wang Wenwei, Vivian Xu and the Shanghai Philharmonic (piano and string quartet)