inSonic 2020

Online | Germany
11-13 December, 2020

All along 4 days, in a remote way, the “inSonic” Festival explored the new formats and artistic practices, including but not limited to the use of disruptive technologies, like Machine Learning or concepts such as Extended Reality, whose development gives rise to the shifts, transitions and expansions in in the field of music and sound art.

The festival helded as a wide streaming-edition including lightning talks, panel discussions, artistic performances and live-concerts within which new pieces by, among others, Giulia Vismara, Aaron Einbond, Quadrature have been premiere. The notion of Syntheses delineates the attempt to describe this diversity of heterogenous artistic and academic stances, which were not only represented but also meaningfully connected with each other in the course of the festival.


Through two panel discussions, the Hertz-Lab puts a strong emphasis on the artistic use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the sphere of music and sound art. The conversation focused on the comparison between innovative tools which shape the work of today’s sound artists and musicians and the creative practices used by early pioneers in the domain of computer music.

The overarching question was « whether and how the artistic desideratum and the particular (technological) challenges have changed over the years and how they will look like in the future ».



Symposium Session I - Friday 11/12/2020 – Moderation : Ludger Brümmer
EASTN-DC Partners talks
Iannis Zannos, Angelos Floros and Marianna Kaza (IU, Greece) : “The Well Cradle”
Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos and Odysseas Klissouras (CSAD) : “Light-Shadow-Sound:Experimenting with Simple Mathematical and Algorithmic Processes”
Jon Pigott (CSAD, UK) : “Resonant Forms”
Paul Granjon (CSAD, UK) : “Insect Buzz”
Luka Frelih (Ljudmila, Slovenia) : "How Do You Want to Do It? Experiences in Live Coding"
Tadej Droljc (Ljudmila, Slovenia) : "BEAMBREAKER - Aesthetic Research of Light-Based Audiovisual Objects"
Ricardo Climent, Alena Mesarosova and Manuel Ferrer Hernandez (Manusamo&Bzika) (University of Manchester, UK)"Timbila Live Aid - Play for Fun. Share the Reward", multiplayer game
Vicky Clarke (University of Manchester, UK) : "Sleepstates_Machine Learning & Musique Concrete"
Giuseppe Gavazza (Cuneo Conservatorio, IT) : "Lost in Modelling 1996-2020: My First Twenty-Four Years with GENESIS"
Davide Ficco (Cuneo Conservatorio, IT) : "Asymmetric Thought. Italian Music for Guitar and Electronics"
Cuneo METS students (Cuneo Conservatorio, IT) : "METS-Generation, From Here to Elsewhere"

Symposium Session II – Saturday 12/12/2020 – Moderation Cecilia Preiß
EASTN-DC Residencies at ZKM
Silvia Rosani “Feels like home”
Justine Emard “Supraorganism”
Giulia Vismara “Dust Variations”
Aaron Einbond “The Secret Inner Life of the Piano: Cosmologies III”

Symposium Session III – Sunday 13/12/2020 – Moderation Yannick Hofmann
Disruptive Future Technologies
Ludger Brümmer, Dan Wilcox and Pierre Ritt (Hertz-Labor) “Zirkonium”
Stephan Henrich, Hasan Mashni “Okkulte Robotique – Séance AI”
Quadrature “So Far the Skies Are Silent – Artistic Installations and Performances with Radio Telescopes and Neural Networks”
Alexander Schubert “Parallel Networks of Altered Truths”
Iannis Zannos “Contrasts-Tokyo Walks: Machines, People, Insects” (interactive)

Concert I – Friday 11/12/2020
Quadrature with Christian Losert “C.R.E.D.O. Fantasie#3”
Julia Jasmin Rommel “Zwischenraum – Akustische Kartographie”
Opening Performance Orchestra “Trio No. 1”

Concert II – Saturday 12/12/2020
Giuseppe Gavazza “Foresta 4, Tissardmine”
Aaron Einbond “Cosmologies III”
Giulia Vismara “Dust Variations”
Gianluca Verlingieri “Dante's Songs”

Concert III – Sunday 13/12/2020
Kim Hedås “Stills”
Apostolos Loufopoulos (Sound) and Thomas Valianatos (Video) “Bee1 (Be One)”
Giuseppe Gavazza « 25_Ambiances_du_confinement_ 4’33 »
Henrik Frisk “Image Schema”
Ljudmila and Lighting Guerilla “Plato's Bodies”

Panel-Discussion I - Saturday 12/12/2020
“Good Old Fashioned Artificial Intelligence”
Ludger Brümmer (Mod.), Scot Gresham-Lancaster, George Lewis, Palle Dahlstedt

Panel-Discussion II - Saturday 12/12/2020
“Artificial Neural Networks”
Palle Dahlstedt (Mod.), Philippe Esling, Rebecca Fiebrink, Artemi-Maria Gioti