Integra Contemporary & Electroacoustics (ICE) is a student ensemble that focuses on the integration of divergent practices and art forms: audio and visual; analogue and digital; instrumental and computer/algorithmic performance; hardware and software; music and performance art.
In ICE, we engage in experimental approaches that include composing and free improv, experimenting with live electronics, developing new digital instruments, sound design, creative sound production techniques, live coding, live gameplay, experimental video, and software synthesis (Logic Pro, Ableton Suite, Max, among others). We also code with TidalCycles, an open source, Haskell-based, software for patterning and performing music with code, for “algoraves” or composing in the studio.
Students can also integrate regular musical instruments (saxophones, pianos, didgeridoo, accordions, voices, percussion instruments, etc.), electronic instruments (guitars, microphones, MOOG Voyager, etc.) and digital instruments (turntables, DTX Drums, wii remotes, tablets, and more…) while practicing group performance, composition and free improv.
We develop new performance practices and explore a potential for increased musical expressivity through technology.