Orkestra Futura: Game Theory

Apr 1 — 2, 2011

Concert, Performance


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


8:00 p.m.


Orkestra Futura explored the world of game compositions through Stefan Smulovitz’s Mad Scientist Machine (2011). The work makes use of a custom software system that allows conductors to organize ensembles in a structured improvisation using coloured LED lights that trigger different performance instructions. The musical cues can be activated by local or remote users, allowing for performances to take place across time and space. 

Performed over two nights in the Grand Luxe Hall, improvisers drawn from music and dance were conducted in-person by Nikki Carter and Giorgio Magnanensi, and remotely by Sarah Weaver, Todd Reynolds, Lisle Ellis, and Paul Cram via Skype. Performers included vocalist DB Boyko, guitarist Chad MacQuarrie, bassist Tommy Babin, drummer Kenton Loewen, and dancer Delia Brett.

The concert also featured the debut of game-based pieces by Carter performed by Orkestra Futura. 

Presented by New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.