Patar is an experimental electronic music project featuring Kıvanç Tatar, Philippe Pasquier, and MASOM. MASOM is a musical agent, an artificial intelligence (AI) architecture, making music. Together, three entities produce a live performance of experimental electronic music, live electroacoustic music, musique concrète, soundscape compositions, through structured improvisation.
Patar’s performances experiments with a wide range of electronic music styles within the performance. The performances of Patar oscillate between ambient and noise while exploring the frontiers of the rhythmic and tonal, and using both electronic and acoustic textures.
This performance includes three piece. Each piece includes a different MASOM agent. MASOMs are trained on Bernard Parmegiani, David Tudor, and Ryoji Ikeda, respectively.
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Musical Agent based on Self-Organizing Maps (MASOM) is a musical software agent for live performance. MASOM plays experimental music and free improvisation. It learns by listening to audio files such as recordings of performances or compositions. MASOM extracts higher level features such as eventfulness, pleasantness, and timbre to understand the musical form of what it hears. MASOM is limited to the style of what is has listened to and reacts in real-time to what he is hearing. It is able to listen to itself and other performers to decide what to play next. MASOM is designed by Kıvanç Tatar and Philippe Pasquier.
This video is the performance of the piece, A Big MASOM family. The piece has three parts, including two MASOM agents. In the first part, Tatar is performing with a MASOM agent. In the second part, two MASOM agents perform together without Tatar. The last part is a trio of Tatar and two MASOM agents. The MASOM agents are trained on this album: kivanctatar.bandcamp.com/album/self-distruption.
More info about the project MASOM: https://kivanctatar.wordpress.com/masom
Video shooting: Frances Margaret Walker Breden
as a part of the collective concert RE-UN-SOLVED by Co.Crea.Tive: https://cocreative.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/co-crea-tive-at-stylus-records-march-23rd-2017/
Hurricane Productions present the Recap of the October Event.
Video: Matt Horrigan
Audio: Kıvanç Tatar