For this performance, BEER members Norah Lorway and Scott Wilson will premiere Hot Potato, a new work in which performers share and modify audio objects over a LAN. Once started, a sound is passed back and forth between the performers in a loop, who use networked live coding techniques to interfere with the chain.
The Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research (BEER) was founded in 2011 as a research project to explore aspects of realtime electroacoustic music making. Particular interests include networked music performance over ad hoc wi-fi systems, and live coding (programming music in real time using algorithms that can be altered while they are running). In keeping with post-free jazz developments in improvisation (e.g. Zorn, Braxton), we create structures in software that impose limitations and formal articulations on the musical flow (with networked software systems serving as intervention mechanism / arbiter / structural provocateur par excellence). Musical influences run the gamut from Xenakis to Journey.