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_derivations: Human​-​Machine Improvisations

by Ben Carey

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Tactility 04:08
Oblique 05:02
Buoyancy 08:35
Biome 08:53
Hack 06:43
Chelmsford 05:22


_derivations is a semi-autonomous software system designed to take part in live improvised encounters with instrumental musicians. The system was developed by Sydney-based saxophonist/composer/technologist Ben Carey.

_derivations listens to the performance of its collaborators, using this information to make decisions about its own contribution to the unfolding musical dialogue.

The resulting interactions are often abstract, intricate and playful, and showcase the unique possibilities afforded by placing both human and machine on an equal footing in performance.

The six tracks collected here were each recorded in a single-take during improvisations with the software over the period 2011-2013.


released July 9, 2014


Alana Blackburn - tenor recorder
Evan Dorrian - drums
Joshua Hyde - alto saxophone
Antoine Läng - voice
Ben Carey - soprano and tenor saxophones

Mastering: Jos Smolders | Earlabs Studios, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Artwork: Zoé Nelson | Graphic Design: Holly Philip


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Ben Carey Sydney, Australia

Ben Carey is a Sydney-based saxophonist/composer/technologist with interests in contemporary classical, improvised, interactive and electro-acoustic music. He is currently based in Sydney, and has performed and exhibited work in Australia, New Zealand, France, Austria, the United States and Switzerland. ... more

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