Tim Perkis est musicien, compositeur et chercheur, pionnier de la musique électronique en réseau. Lors de son séjour à l’IMéRA, il a mené un projet sur la sonification des données complexes en collaboration avec le laboratoire de Physique des interactions ioniques et moléculaires (PIIM – AMU, CNRS, Marseille).
Il nous donne des nouvelles de ses travaux les plus récents, dont un projet en collaboration avec un autre ancien résident de l’IMéRA, Scott Gresham-Lancaster (Fellow 2011-2012).
“In 2016 former IMéRA fellow Tim Perkis was engaged in a year-long research project working on the sonification of fMRI human brain data at the University of Texas in Dallas, in conjunction with Dr. Roger Malina, of UTD’s school of Art, Technology and Emergent Communication, Dr.Gagan Wig of UTD’s Center for Vital Longevity, and former IMeRA fellow Scot Gresham-Lancaster. Dr. Wig’s lab studies changes in how different areas of the brain communicate as people age, and the project, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, was dedicated to exploring new ways to experience patterns in this data through the development of sonic representations of it. The work focused on developing tools for not only potential medical diagnostic and scientific analysis purposes, but also for artistic sonification, as a source of patterns for employment in musical performance.
2017 finds former IMéRA fellow Tim Perkis launching into a 3-year research project on systemic musical improvisation with researchers Dr. Palle Dahlstedt (Aalborg University, Denmark) and Dr. Per Anders Nilsson (University of Gothenberg, Sweden), funded by the Swedish Research Council. The work is a continuation of Dahlstedt’s and Nilssons’s long-term research into technology-mediated musical creativity and performance, and Perkis’ long experience as musical improviser and pioneer in the field of networked electronic music, focusing specifically on the use of technological systems to interact with, enhance and structure the work of musical ensembles engaged in live group composition”.