SOUND ESCAPES

JUly 30th 8PM ET | FREE DIGITAL concert

JUly 31ST 1PM ET | post-concert chat

Robbies Hobbies (shown: Caleb Klager, Chris Pruden)
Robbies Hobbies (shown: Caleb Klager, Chris Pruden)

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Visuals
Visuals

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Fade to Black

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Robbies Hobbies (shown: Caleb Klager, Chris Pruden)
Robbies Hobbies (shown: Caleb Klager, Chris Pruden)

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PROGRAM

Bird Brained – Jackson Welchner*

Robbie's Hobbies – Suzy Wilde*

Fade to Black – Dhaivat Jani*

i am a strange loop – Mac Rogers

The Night is Young – Mason Victoria*

Hot Bod – Sarah Thawer, arr. Mason Victoria

*Spectrum composer

ENSEMBLE

Sarah Thawer (drums)

Chris Pruden (piano, synths)

Caleb Klager (bass)

SPECTRUM IS

Managing Artistic Director                      Zoe Chronis Brown

Artistic Producer, Sound Escapes          Mason Victoria

Artistic Producers                                    Jackson Welchner

                                                                   Suzy Wilde

Artistic Associate                                     Dhaivat Jani

AUDIO / VISUAL TEAM

Lead Audio Artist                       Mason Victoria

Mixing Artists                             Pablo Del Pozo

                                                    Dhaivat Jani

                                                    Jackson Welchner

Studio Engineers                       Pablo Del Pozo

                                                    Mason Victoria

Lead Visual Artist                      Ryan Kelln

Videographers                           Ryan Kelln

                                                    Laura Soch

Video Editing                              Ryan Kelln

                                                    Mason Victoria

                                                    Zoe Chronis Brown

Graphic Design                          Juyeon Kang

 

ARTIST BIOS

Zoe Chronis Brown, director
Zoe Chronis Brown, director

Zoe is a Toronto-based arts manager and freelance flutist. As an avid supporter of the arts, Zoe aims to build and curate creative spaces for music to thrive in today’s landscape and beyond. She is currently completing her MBA and MA degrees from the Schulich School of Business at York University, specializing in Musicology and Arts, Media, & Entertainment Management.

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Mason Victoria, producer, composer, audio lead
Mason Victoria, producer, composer, audio lead

Award-winning composer Mason Victoria primarily composes for humans, but has been known to occasionally write for robots. As a music technologist, Mason blends his unique jazz vocabulary with his appreciation for audio design and sound manipulation. In addition to his work at Spectrum and vast amount of original music, Mason focuses his creative energy scoring video games, short films and directing ensembles of various sizes.

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Ryan Kelln, visual lead
Ryan Kelln, visual lead

Ryan Kelln is a Toronto-based programmer, designer, and artist. He has a background in art, tech, and video game development, but spends time designing and creating systems to enlighten and empower. Ryan is a strong advocate for open source software and the creative commons. Since 2015, Ryan has been focused on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and its implications and interactions with art and economics.

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Jackson Welchner, composer, mixing artist
Jackson Welchner, composer, mixing artist

Jackson is an Artistic Producer at Spectrum Music. He is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and a composer who loves collaborating with artists from a wide variety of musical backgrounds. Outside of Spectrum, he's kept busy producing his own solo music, singing / arranging for Planting Pearl, and playing keys in Other Families. Jackson also teaches music theory, voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele remotely over zoom.

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Dhaivat Jani, composer, mixing artist
Dhaivat Jani, composer, mixing artist

Originally from Ahmedabad, India, Dhaivat is a drummer, tabla player and composer based in Toronto. He has been expanding and honing his skills as a performing musician and composer in the realm of contemporary jazz with some Indian classical, electronic, and world music influences. Currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music at Humber College, Dhaivat leads two of his own bands - “Dhaivat Jani PLUS” and “Electrio.”

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Suzy Wilde, composer
Suzy Wilde, composer

Fascinated by the power of storytelling in music, Toronto composer Suzy Wilde is drawn to the narrative aspects of folk, rock and musical theatre. Suzy works as a composer and arranger for many groups in the city including Regent Park School of Music, Well Seasoned Productions and The award-winning Wexford Gleeks. She is currently working as musical director for the Together At Last Festival in Charlottetown, PEI. photo credits- Jen Squires

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Mac Rogers, composer
Mac Rogers, composer

Spectrum NVCR 2020 Winner Mac Rogers is a trumpeter, composer, and educator based in Toronto. Alternating from quiet, contemplative themes to crescendos of chaos, his music draws on themes of reflection, loss and self-actualization. In March, he released his debut EP, Where Stems Meet Noise, and launched a community-minded music collective, siblinghumanbuddypal with his dear friend and collaborator, Devon Savas (Eulogy Eulogy).

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Sarah Thawer, composer, performer
Sarah Thawer, composer, performer

Sarah Thawer is a JUNO-Award nominated drummer and recording artists based in Toronto. Sarah has worked with various artists including George Watsky, Jon Batiste, Sheila E., AR Rahman, Steve Weingart, Mark Lettiere, Charlotte Day Wilson, and Tegan and Sara to name a few. Known as a versatile musician, she performs a wide range of genres from jazz and fusion, to Indian, funk, r&b, hip hop, and latin.

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Chris Pruden, performer
Chris Pruden, performer

Born in Edmonton, Chris is a pianist and keyboardist living in Toronto. His various mentors include Jacob Sacks, David Braid, Greg Oh, and Geoff Young. With influences ranging from jazz, contemporary classical, folk, rock, and electronic music, Chris has performed with many different groups across North America, China, and Europe. He is a current member of the JUNO nominated Tara Kannangara group among others.

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Caleb Klager, performer
Caleb Klager, performer

Caleb is an up-and-coming bass player and composer, known for his lyrical style of playing and his sensitivity as an improviser. He is active in the Toronto and Calgary music scenes as a sideman and leader for multiple projects spanning across various genres, including the The Harry Bartlett Trio, Moodset, The Winona Collective, and more.

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Pablo Del Pozo, mixing artist
Pablo Del Pozo, mixing artist

Born in Ecuador, Pablo has spent the last 7 years as a professional audio artist. His passion for audio and music started from his guitar and a love for grunge music. With a Bachelor degree in Digital Sound in Music Production from Ecuador, Pablo has also recently graduated from the Masters’ program in Music Technology and Digital Media from the University of Toronto.

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VISUAL CREDITS

*for details, please visit www.ryankelln.com/project/sound-escapes

TOOLS                         kdenlive

                                    Open source video editor         

                                    https://kdenlive.org

 

                                    ffmpeg

                                    Open source audio & video tool

                                    http://ffmpeg.org/

 

                                    slowmoVideo by Simon Eugster                                      http://slowmovideo.granjow.net

CODE                          https://github.com/RKelln/vid2frame

 

                                   based on: 

                                   https://github.com/forwchen/vid2frame

                                   https://github.com/jinyu121/video2frame/blob/master/video2frame.py         

                                   https://github.com/rmccorm4/PyTorch-LMDB/blob/master/folder2lmdb.py

FADE TO BLACK 

 

footage:       

 

Rare Footage of 9/11 WTC Attack

Military videos by U.S. Military Cache https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHPZ0ue2chQ

Pollution Crime by INTERPOL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIBEn5WsugE

Air Pollution HD Stock Video | Free stock footage | Free HD Videos - No Copyright | Channel PMI by CHANNEL PMI - FREE STOCK VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq4ivmk9llM

Water Pollution HD Stock Video | Free stock footage | Free HD Videos - No Copyright | Channel PMI by CHANNEL PMI - FREE STOCK VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wQ6y_AQGE

Fire Behaviour: Observation & Training by CFA (Country Fire Authority) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1iZPR6aIBc

Survival Under Atomic Attack

by U.S. Office of Civil Defense https://archive.org/details/Survival1951

Wheels of Progress by Zenith Cinema Services, Inc. https://archive.org/details/Wheelsof1950

         

 

Black Lives Matters - George Floyd protests videos by Ram Biole

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4HKXLks-VA

Protest HD Stock Video | Free stock footage | Free HD Videos - No Copyright | Channel PMI by CHANNEL PMI - FREE STOCK VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiaMhAWHkzg

PROTEST: Youth Global Warming Strike, London 2019 Londisland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8o_YP0YKLc

Full Earth Video - April 1st 2018 by Blueturn Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZOOL3kYU9k

Frogger Highway by Beachfront B-Roll http://www.beachfrontbroll.com/2012/01/1-clip-needs-frog.html

Newyork Night View Free Footage Clip

by Stock Heaven

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iasQGbmGYg

code:

 

StyleGAN 2 in PyTorch by Kim Seonghyeon https://github.com/rosinality/stylegan2-pytorch

Aphantasia by vadim epstein https://github.com/eps696/aphantasia

THE NIGHT IS YOUNG

footage:       

 

Perseids Meteor Shower Moon Close Up

by Beachfront B-Roll http://www.beachfrontbroll.com/ Starry Sky

 

Timelapse - Creative Commons by Free HD Videos Creative Commons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vQBfrOK5d0

 

Northern lights // Aurora Borealis // Norrsken Time-lapse by Richard Dobrichovsky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5LupVNeMHA

Night Skies | Starry Night | Northern Lights | Relaxing Music by ariel dangani https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY_s5XJDAI0

 

Timelapse video of star gazing on a starry night by Dmitry Varennikov https://www.pexels.com/video/time-lapse-video-of-star-gazing-on-a-starry-night-5155396/

code:

 

Consistent Video Style Transfer via Relaxation and Regularization

by Wenjing Wang, Shuai Yang, Jizheng Xu, and Jiaying Liu https://github.com/daooshee/ReReVST-Code

 

StyleGAN 2 in PyTorch by Kim Seonghyeon https://github.com/rosinality/stylegan2-pytorch

         

 

Milky Way Glowing At Night

by Bilder David

https://vimeo.com/330059957

 

Stars in Space

by Free Video Library - For Content Creators

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yXWVS_bE_g

 

One night in Finnish Lapland with northern lights. by AV LAPPI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuVq6Q7erVM

Algonquin Park Stars Timelapse

by Paul Yip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gwwgR7oNb4

 

Just Another Milky Way by Hypatia Alexandria https://www.flickr.com/photos/160078282@N02/48125377358

Optex by Hans Brouwer and Jim Kok https://github.com/JCBrouwer/OptimalTextures

 

Vidgear stabilize by Abhishek Thakur https://github.com/abhiTronix

maua-stylegan2 by Hans Brouwer https://github.com/JCBrouwer/maua-stylegan2

ROBBIE'S HOBBIES

footage:       

Paintings by Robert Wilde

photographed by Suzy Wilde

Canvas texture https://unsplash.com/photos/xz485Eku8O4 by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

code:

 

Consistent Video Style Transfer via Relaxation and Regularization by Wenjing Wang, Shuai Yang, Jizheng Xu, and Jiaying Liu https://github.com/daooshee/ReReVST-Code

 

ConSinGAN by Tobias Hinz https://github.com/tohinz/ConSinGAN

DeOldify by Jason Antic https://github.com/jantic/DeOldify.git

timecraft by Amy Zhao, Guha Balakrishnan, Kathleen M. Lewis, Fredo Durand, John Guttag, Adrian V. Dalca
https://github.com/xamyzhao/timecraft

         

 

Watercolor wash Kdenlive FX wipe https://www.pling.com/p/1106266/

DeepLandscape: Adversarial Modeling of Landscape Videos

by E. Logacheva, R. Suvorov, O. Khomenko, A. Mashikhin, and V. Lempitsky https://github.com/saic-mdal/deep-landscape https://saic-mdal.github.io/deep-landscape/

 

pytorch-AdaIN by Naoto Inoue https://github.com/naoto0804/pytorch-AdaIN

Animating Landscape by Yuki Endo and Yoshihiro Kanamori and Shigeru Kuriyama https://github.com/endo-yuki-t/Animating-Landscape http://www.cgg.cs.tsukuba.ac.jp/~endo/projects/AnimatingLandscape/

i am a strange loop

Visual FX Shader Artist: Sol Sarretea

 

footage:       

Cell through Microscope Free Footage Clip

by Stock Heaven

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rww1olT3HA

 

Silver Lining Uplifting Clouds Epic Clouds Sunset Waves

close-up by Beachfront B-roll http://www.beachfrontbroll.com/

 

Conways_game_of_life_breeder_animation.gif

by George on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Conways_game_of_life_breeder_animation.gif

code:

 

Texture Generation with Neural Cellular Automata Copyright 2021 Google LLC https://colab.research.google.com/drive/1KMlVFi2zXhE0_PHCBXC07oblcJf9E13s

Self-Organising Textures Neural Cellular Automata Model of Pattern Formation

by Eyvind Niklasson, Alexander Mordvintsev, Ettore Randazzo, and Michael Levin https://distill.pub/selforg/2021/textures/

         

 

Internet Map 2005 by Matt Britt on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_map_1024.jpg

 

Raindrops in Super Slow Motion

by Alizer AKDENİZ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMvaMD3j6o4

 

physarum network_2.gif

by Sage Jenson

https://sagejenson.com/physarum

 

Various photos from friends and family of Mac Rogers

Aphantasia

by vadim epstein https://github.com/eps696/aphantasia

 

Droste effect

by Roy Wiggins

http://roy.red/posts/droste/

bu3nPattern by Sol Sarratea

https://github.com/bu3nAmigue/bu3npattern/tree/video-texture

BIRD BRAINED

 

footage:       

Lake, sunset - birds flying to the camera - gopro (1080p)

by Free Footage For You - YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhgGDBMz3II

 

gull flying slow mo bird and sky

by galosstiftelsen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfA3UASzwS0

 

Pigeon plummage

by Roy Buri from Pixabay https://pixabay.com/videos/pigeons-bird-feather-plumage-39263/

Mandarin duck - Mandarijneend - Aix galericulata

by Watervogelbond

https://vimeo.com/49589113

Happy hopping Barnacle goose juvenile

by Vesa Leinonen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thEOf3tH8rI

bird shit by caleb wood https://vimeo.com/58970291

code:

Boids in Godot with Acceleration Structure

by Stephen Young

https://github.com/kyrick/godot-boids-acceleration-structure

tools:

Godot Engine Free and open source 2D and 3D game engine https://godotengine.org/

         

 

Watervogelbond - Sylvan Heights Vogel Park

by Watervogelbond

https://vimeo.com/79031925

Meet the Locals: Ruru

by New Zealand Department of Conservation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZSda4jaBMY

 

Adult Geese and Baby Geese Crossing the Street (Shot w/Nikon Coolpix P1000)

by WildLife Videography

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YhsooDk3sk

 

Bird Flying - Free Stock Creative Commons Video by Freestocks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrRXDYUatf4 Birds On The Post by Beachfront B-Roll

 

http://www.beachfrontbroll.com/2011/09/something-little-more-scenic.html Various Seagull footage

by Beachfront B-Roll

http://www.beachfrontbroll.com/2013/11/seagulls.html

Big Sleep by Phil Wang https://github.com/lucidrains/big-sleep

https://bitbucket.org/arlez80/godot-midi-player

by きのもと 結衣 (Yui Kinomoto)

Super Resolution API by DeepAI https://deepai.org/machine-learning-model/torch-srgan

HOT BOD

 

footage:       

Rhododendron flower photographs

by Andrew Drown

drown.photography

 

code:

StyleGAN 2 in PyTorch

by Kim Seonghyeon https://github.com/rosinality/stylegan2-pytorch

 

maua-stylegan2

by Hans Brouwer https://github.com/JCBrouwer/maua-stylegan2

Optex by Hans Brouwer and Jim Kok https://github.com/JCBrouwer/OptimalTextures

EVENT DETAILS

From wind that whistles through rustling leaves to the rhythmic cascade of rain on a spring day, nature’s soundscape has the power to transport us to a place of serenity and contemplation, and inspires us to live in the moment. In this concert, new music by the Spectrum composers and guests creates an immersive experience inspired by the wild and uninhibited beauty of nature.

Artificial intelligence spontaneously generates immersive soundscapes in performance alongside a live jazz trio featuring Sarah Thawer (drums), Caleb Klager (bass), and Chris Pruden (keys). You’ll be transported through abstract visuals, catered to each piece, leveraging the latest techniques in machine learning/AI. Watch the FREE concert stream through Twitch on Friday, July 30th at 8pm ET.

An hour-long post-concert chat will take place the following day on July 31st 1pm ET. Join us for this chat as Artistic Producer, Mason Victoria, and Visual Software Artist, Ryan Kelln, share experiences from behind-the-scenes production, including the makings and implementation of AI visuals, audio, and digital tools!

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