Lunchtime Talk
Fri 29 Nov 2019 13:00

Composing Music with Humans and Computers

Samuel Hunt joins us for this Friday's exciting talk. Samuel will be introducing IGME, a music sequencer that supports the exploration of generative and algorithmic music techniques.

Image Samuel Hunt

Image Samuel Hunt


Samuel Hunt

IGME is the brainchild of PhD student/Lecturer/General hacker - Samuel Hunt. He currently works at the University of the West of England.

The ability for machines to compose novel, interesting and humanesque music is an important and recurring theme in the history of computer music. However, little research has been done on how to make generative music techniques accessible to the everyday music composer. IGME: the Interactive Generative Music Environment is a music sequencer that supports the exploration of generative and algorithmic music techniques. It provides an easy to use interface for exploring generative music techniques, that is built on common music software paradigms. Ultimately promoting a human and computer cooperative, creative system. This talk will discuss both; the key design requirements for supporting interactive generative music composition, and examples of music composed using this system.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: to book your place on a tour.

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Past Events

If you are interested in previous events at the Studio, take a look at our events archive.