Cagri Erdem

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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1133 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Research project

The motivation behind my doctoral research project is an urge to explore human and non-human entities controlling sound and music together, what I call shared control. I have explored this concept through developing interactive systems based on four control strategies.

CAVI, an audiovisual instrument controlled by a musician and a virtual agent, using a generative model trained on a multimodal motion dataset:

 

Playing in the "air", a predictive mapping model using deep learning based on a custom dataset collected throughout a series of laboratory experiments to investigate the relationships between action and sound found in playing the electric guitar:

 

RAW, a muscle-based "air" instrument exploring a chaotic behavior in control and automatized ensemble interaction:

 

Vrengt, an interactive dance piece in which a dancer and a musician share the control of the system:

 

Short bio

Çağrı Erdem (he/him) is a gonzo developer, interdisciplinary artist, and researcher specializing in musical artificial intelligence (AI), sound art, improvisation studies, and human-computer interaction. With an overarching interest in machine agency and embodiment, his Master's degree focused on developing new musical interfaces to extract body movements in the form of biosignals. As a Ph.D. fellow with the RITMO centre at the University of Oslo, he expanded his research on the co-performance of humans and machines and combined theories and methods from the performing arts, computer science, and music cognition. His dissertation, "Controlling or Being Controlled? Exploring Embodiment, Agency and Artificial Intelligence in Interactive Music Performance," investigates real-time sound and music control distributed among human performers and artificial agents, of which the main scientific contribution arises from situating AI in an embodied, co-adaptive music performance context implemented as several interactive systems. Çağrı is the co-founder and coordinator of A.I.D, an Istanbul-originated nomad organization dedicated to the performance arts, and a resident of the ROOT radio, where he co-hosts two biweekly live shows. 

Background

  • M.Sc. in Sonic Arts, Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • B.Mus. in Jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA
  • Classical guitar performance, Istanbul University State Conservatory,  Istanbul, Turkey

Awards

  • Best Paper Award (2020) Sound and Music Computing (SMC) Conference
  • Pamela Z Award (2019) New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference
  • Performance Scholarship (2009 & 2010) Berklee College of Music
  • Composition Scholarship (2008) Berklee College of Music

Music

Tags: Music Technology, HCI, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Improvisation

Publications

Jensenius, Alexander Refsum & Erdem, Cagri (2022). Gestures in ensemble performance. In Timmers, Renee; Bailes, Freya & Daffern, Helena (Ed.), Together in Music: Coordination, expression, participation. Oxford University Press. ISSN 9780198860761.

Erdem, Cagri; Lan, Qichao & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2020). Exploring relationships between effort, motion, and sound in new musical instruments. In Marc R. Thompson & Jonna K. Vuoskoski (Eds.). Special issue on Mind, Music and Technology. Human Technology.  ISSN 1795-6889.  16(3), s 310–347. 

Erdem, Cagri & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2020). RAW: Exploring Control Structures for Muscle-based Interaction in Collective Improvisation, In Romain Michon & Franziska Schroeder (ed.),  Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression.  Birmingham City University. 

Erdem, Cagri; Lan, Qichao; Fuhrer, Julian; Martin, Charles Patrick; Tørresen, Jim & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2020). Towards Playing in the 'Air': Modeling Motion-Sound Energy Relationships in Electric Guitar Performance Using Deep Neural Networks, In Simone Spagnol & Andrea Valle (ed.),  Proceedings of the 17th Sound and Music Computing Conference (Best Paper Award)

Alarcón Diaz, Ximena; Gonzalez Sanchez, Victor Evaristo & Erdem, Cagri (2019). INTIMAL: Walking to feel place, breathing to feel presenceProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, in Marcelo Queiroz & Anna Xambo Sedo (Eds.),  Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression.  Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. (Pamela Z Award)

Erdem, Cagri; Schia, Katja Henriksen & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2019). Vrengt: A Shared Body–Machine Instrument for Music–Dance Performance, In Marcelo Queiroz & Anna Xambo Sedo (ed.),  Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression.  Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. 

Erdem, Cagri; Camci, Anil & Forbes, Angus (2017). Biostomp: A Biocontrol System for Embodied Performance Using Mechanomyography, in Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Aalborg University. 

  • Jensenius, Alexander Refsum & Erdem, Cagri (2022). Gestures in ensemble performance. In Timmers, Renee; Bailes, Freya & Daffern, Helena (Ed.), Together in Music: Coordination, expression, participation. Oxford University Press. ISSN 9780198860761. Full text in Research Archive
  • Erdem, Cagri; Jensenius, Alexander Refsum; Glette, Kyrre; Krzyzaniak, Michael Joseph & Veenstra, Frank (2020). Air-Guitar Control of Interactive Rhythmic Robots. Proceedings of the International Conference on Live Interfaces (Proceedings of ICLI). ISSN 2663-9041. p. 208–210.
  • Erdem, Cagri; Lan, Qichao & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2020). Exploring relationships between effort, motion, and sound in new musical instruments. Human Technology. ISSN 1795-6889. 16(3), p. 310–347. doi: 10.17011/ht/urn.202011256767. Full text in Research Archive
  • Erdem, Cagri & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2020). RAW: Exploring Control Structures for Muscle-based Interaction in Collective Improvisation. In Michon, Romain & Schroeder, Franziska (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Birmingham City University. ISSN 978-1-949373-99-8. p. 477–482. Full text in Research Archive
  • Erdem, Cagri; Lan, Qichao; Fuhrer, Julian; Martin, Charles Patrick; Tørresen, Jim & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2020). Towards Playing in the 'Air': Modeling Motion-Sound Energy Relationships in Electric Guitar Performance Using Deep Neural Networks. In Spagnol, Simone & Valle, Andrea (Ed.), Proceedings of the 17th Sound and Music Computing Conference. Axea sas/SMC Network. ISSN 978-88-945415-0-2. p. 177–184. Full text in Research Archive
  • Alarcón Diaz, Ximena; Gonzalez Sanchez, Victor Evaristo & Erdem, Cagri (2019). INTIMAL: Walking to feel place, breathing to feel presence. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. ISSN 2220-4792. Full text in Research Archive
  • Erdem, Cagri; Schia, Katja Henriksen & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2019). Vrengt: A Shared Body–Machine Instrument for Music–Dance Performance. In Visi, Federico (Eds.), Music Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. ISSN 2220-4792. Full text in Research Archive
  • Erdem, Cagri; Schia, Katja Henriksen & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2019). Vrengt: A Shared Body–Machine Instrument for Music–Dance Performance. In Queiroz, Marcelo & Xambo Sedo, Anna (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. ISSN 2220-4792. p. 477–482. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Krzyzaniak, Michael Joseph; Gerry, Jennifer; Kwak, Dongho; Erdem, Cagri; Lan, Qichao & Glette, Kyrre (2021). Fibres Out of Line.
  • Kelkar, Tejaswinee & Erdem, Cagri (2021). Two-Body Problem.
  • Erdem, Cagri; Winther, Christian & Knedal Andersen, Dag Erik (2021). CAVI.
  • Swarbrick, Dana; Upham, Finn; Erdem, Cagri; Burnim, Kayla & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2021). The MusicLab App – Exploring the usage of mobile accelerometry to measure audience movement and respiration.
  • Swarbrick, Dana; Upham, Finn; Erdem, Cagri; Burnim, Kayla & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2021). MusicLab Algorave – An exploratory study examining the usage of mobile accelerometry to measure movements of a virtual concert audience.
  • Erdem, Cagri (2021). Noise and Smoke: Disruptive Adventures in Jazz and New Music. [Radio]. Açık Radyo 95.0.
  • Erdem, Cagri (2020). RAW v2.
  • Erdem, Cagri (2020). RAW.
  • Erdem, Cagri (2020). RAW.
  • Erdem, Cagri (2020). RAW: Exploring Control Structures for Muscle-based Interaction in Collective Improvisation.
  • Erdem, Cagri (2020). Towards Playing in the 'Air': Modeling Motion-Sound Energy Relationships in Electric Guitar Performance Using Deep Neural Networks.
  • Erdem, Cagri; Arikan, Gorkem; Uret, Umit; Olgun, Gokce Mine & Odabasi, Ipek (2020). A.I.D on AIR (biweekly). [Radio]. Root Radio.
  • Erdem, Cagri & Arikan, Gorkem (2020). Mashed Potatoes (biweekly program). [Radio]. Root Radio.
  • Swarbrick, Dana; Khoparzi, Abhinay; Bell, Renick; Erdem, Cagri & Sørbø, Solveig Isis (2020). MusicLab 5: Lockdown Rave.
  • Caglar, Yurdal & Erdem, Cagri (2020). Bahçe.
  • Jensenius, Alexander Refsum; Erdem, Cagri; Kwak, Dongho Daniel; Rahman, Habibur; Glette, Kyrre & Krzyzaniak, Michael Joseph [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2020). Strings On-Line.
  • Krzyzaniak, Michael Joseph; Veenstra, Frank; Erdem, Cagri; Glette, Kyrre & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2020). Interactive Rhythmic Robots.
  • Krzyzaniak, Michael Joseph; Kwak, Dongho Daniel; Veenstra, Frank; Erdem, Cagri; Wallace, Benedikte & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2020). Dr. Squiggles rhythmical robots.
  • Erdem, Cagri (2019). RAW: A Muscle-based instrument.
  • Kelkar, Tejaswinee; Erdem, Cagri & Lan, Qichao (2019). Utopia.
  • Alarcón Diaz, Ximena; Boddie, Paul; Erdem, Cagri; Aandahl, Eigil; Andersen, Elias Sukken & Dahl, Eirik [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2019). Sensing Place and Presence in an INTIMAL Long-Distance Improvisation.
  • Erdem, Cagri & Saga, Yuki (2019). Meeting Yuki Saga.
  • Alarcón Diaz, Ximena; Gonzalez Sanchez, Victor Evaristo & Erdem, Cagri (2019). INTIMAL: Walking to find place, breathing to feel presence.
  • Erdem, Cagri; Schia, Katja Henriksen & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2019). Vrengt: A Shared Body–Machine Instrument for Music–Dance Performance.
  • Erdem, Cagri; Schia, Katja Henriksen & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2019). Vrengt: A Shared Body–Machine Instrument for Music–Dance Performance.
  • Jensenius, Alexander Refsum; Erdem, Cagri; Zelechowska, Agata; Lan, Qichao; Fuhrer, Julian Peter & Gonzalez Sanchez, Victor Evaristo (2019). Entraining Guitars.
  • Jensenius, Alexander Refsum; Martin, Charles Patrick; Erdem, Cagri; Lan, Qichao; Fuhrer, Julian Peter & Gonzalez Sanchez, Victor Evaristo [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2019). Self-playing Guitars.
  • Schia, Katja Henriksen; Erdem, Cagri; Lan, Qichao & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2018). Music-Dance Performance: "Rhythm".

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