NIME - When Musicians and Machines Meet

Wayne Siegel et al. performs at the NIME Festival 2017

Thursday 18 May 2017 at 21:30 The Atrium
Wayne Siegel performing with his motion tracking system
Wayne Siegel performing with his motion tracking system



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Rhythmic, robotic and radically different.
This year’s NIME festival & conference (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) takes place in Copenhagen and features The Black Diamond’s in house composer, Wayne Siegel and multiple international acts. See the complete programme below. 

The annual, international NIME festival & conference, whose acronym stands for New Interfaces for Musical Expression, pushes the boundaries and conventional understandings of music and modern technology. In May this year, Copenhagen serves as venue when a wide range of inventors, composers and tech enthusiasts engage in the musical festival and academic conference and explore the intersections between modern technology and music.

The Royal Library’s composer in residence, Wayne Siegel will perform a special concert at the Black Diamond venue on 18 May, to be co-curated by music producer, Jesper Egelund Pedersen. Siegel is one of Denmark’s most potent electronic composers and promoters, and he will be performing his electronic piece, Ritual, a solo-performer composition in a motion-tracking system.


NIME 2017 Official Poster

International festival & conference that gathers researchers and musicians from all over the world to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design.

Read much more about the vision behind NIME and this ye
ar's program here.  


Music in the now
Throughout his career, Siegel has explored the potential for interactive and dynamic musical creation, and today he performs with a so-called motion tracking system, which generates music through physical movements. Siegel reveals that it has already become an immediate and advanced composing device: “I compose the music through my movements, instead of recording it in notes or on a computer. I feel that I can truly compose music in the now.”

As part of NIME, Siegel will be co-performing with multiple international tech acts on various other venues in Copenhagen. Amongst many other names, Vehicle Music is an act worth highlighting; a remote controlled toy car interacting with an electric guitar. Watch a performance in this video

On that vibrating note, the programme bids welcome to experimental, new music by artists who, in each their performative nature, explore and confront the potentialities in the audible space.


May 18th, 2017, 20:00
Queen’s Hall

Jeff Snyder: Ghostline 

Maria Gioti: Magnetic Fields 

Laura Reid/Tom Davis: Gemmeleg

Tom Davis/Laura Reid: The Feral Cello 

Yemen Oh: Time Discontinuum

Palle Dahlstedt: Living Strings

May 18th, 2017, 21:30
The Atrium

Wayne Siegel: Ritual 

Jonghyun Kim: Vehicle Music