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Ted Moore: Machine Learning for Music Making

in this workshop we’ll train neural networks to control synthesis parameters using regression and classify incoming sounds, all in Max. We’ll also cover some basic concepts like, What is machine learning? What kind of data do we need to do machine learning? Why might we use machine learning for music? After the workshop participants will be equipped to envision and execute new music applications using neural networks.

Ted Moore is a composer, improviser, intermedia artist, and educator based in Chicago. His work focuses on fusing the sonic, visual, physical, and acoustic aspects of performance and sound, often through the integration of technology. Ted’s work has been described as “frankly unsafe” (, “an impressive achievement both artistically and technically” (VitaMN), and “epic” (Pioneer Press). Ted’s work has been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Jack Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, Yarn/Wire, Splinter Reeds, Quince Vocal Ensemble, HOCKET, Imani Winds, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Line Upon Line, The Dream Songs Project, AVIDduo, and others, and has been performed around the world including at South by Southwest (Austin, TX), National Sawdust (NYC), The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), STEIM (Amsterdam), Whatever Works nykymusiikkifestivaali (Finland), Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (Germany), City University (London), Hochschule für Musik (Freiburg), Center for New Music (San Francisco), ESS (Chicago), World Saxophone Congress (Croatia), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, CubeFest (Blacksburg, VA), MASS MoCA (Massachusetts), Omaha Under the Radar (Nebraska), Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Root Signals Electronic Music Festival (Georgia), SEAMUS, Punk Ass Classical (Minneapolis), MOXsonic (Warrensburg, MO), New Horizons Music Festival (Kirksville, MO), and the SPLICE Festival (Bowling Green, OH), among others.

Ted also frequently performs on electronics using his laptop, modular synthesizer systems, resonant physical objects, lighting instruments, and video projection. He has been featured as an installation artist at New York University, Northern Spark Festival (Minneapolis), Studio 300 Festival of Digital Art and Music (Lexington, KY), and St. Paul Public Library. As an improviser, Ted is one half of Binary Canary, a woodwinds-laptop improvisation duo alongside saxophonist Kyle Hutchins. As a theater artist, Ted has worked with many independent companies, notably with Skewed Visions and Savage Umbrella. He has taught in a variety of capacities, including at The Walden School’s Young Musicians Program and Creative Musicians Retreat (Dublin, NH), MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis), Slam Academy (Minneapolis), and McNally Smith College of Music (St. Paul). Currently, Ted is a doctoral fellow in Music Composition at the University of Chicago.

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