Sample Track: Alana Blackburn - Tactility
_derivations is a semi-autonomous software system designed to take part in improvised encounters with instrumental musicians. The system was developed by Sydney-based saxophonist/composer/technologist Ben Carey between 2010 and 2013.
Acting outside the direct control of any human operator, _derivations listens to the performance of its collaborators and uses this information to make decisions about its own contribution to the unfolding musical dialogue. The resulting interactions are often abstract, intricate and playful, and showcase the unique possibilities afforded by placing both human and machine on an equal footing in performance.
The six tracks collected on this album were each recorded in a single-take during improvisations with the software between 2011 and 2013.
Ben Carey – concept, software design, recording and production
Alana Blackburn – tenor recorder
Evan Dorrian – drums
Joshua Hyde – alto saxophone
Antoine Läng – voice
Ben Carey – soprano and tenor saxophones
Mastering: Jos Smolders | Earlabs Studios, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Artwork: Zoé Nelson | Graphic Design: Holly Philip