Inspired by Bragg: ConunDrums presents: AlgoRythms

Saturday 7 May 2022
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Clothworkers' Centenary Concert Hall
Concerts and performances
General public

ConunDrums presents: AlgoRhythms, a boundary-breaking, interactive concert series embedded in conversation.

A toe-tapping challenge to the unthinking extension of artificial intelligence running our lives.

Evan Davis, BBC Radio 4

‘21st century ideas, music, people.’

‘Percussion, electronics, drums, video, world premieres, expert minds, the future generation, the big questions.’

‘Counter-concerts curated and commissioned by percussionist and Artistic Director, Delia Stevens.’

‘A symposium of music and discussion for the curious.’

‘For music lovers.’

‘Music for percussion quartet, video and electronics probing the impact of technology on our identity. Conversation in concert.’

Season #1: AlgoRhythms:

  • Should I delete social media?
  • Is Facebook the largest political power?
  • How much should governments know?
  • What do you regret telling the internet?
  • Is a digital reality authentic?

Inspired by the University of Leeds School of Music research focus ‘Music, Science and Technology’, percussionist and curator Delia Stevens has programmed an ambitious, cross-arts collaborative live show of AlgoRhythms in tandem with Professor Louise Amoore, an academic at Durham University who runs a project called Algorithmic Societies, seeking to explore the impact that technology has on our lives from a political and ethical stance.

Delia and Louise will work in collaboration with multimedia composer Oscar Escudero on Zoom, who uses the personal social media feeds of performers to build starkly frank infiltrations into public, private and online platforms, using technology such as VR headsets, video and algorithmically generated work to write a piece for percussion quartet positioned on a frame, creating a live information feedback loop to video. The piece will be based on conversations with Delia and Louise’s research to generate the material and themes.

Delia and Louise will use the same conversation and research sharing method to work with Kareem Parkins-Brown, a Barbican Poet Alumni who writes work about racial interrogations elicited by algorithmic decisions at stop-and-searches. For example, Louise’s research features testimonies from whistle-blowers working at airport security concerned about the racial profiling of their technology.

Delia will also be working with Theatre Director Joseph Lynch (from Babel Theatre), a specialist in physical theatre and movement, who will work to transform the concert into an interactive experience for the audience, incorporating speaking dolls, wind-up percussion orchestras, chatbots, a panel debate featuring Louise, Oscar, Delia, Kareem and the audience within the show as instigators for new conversations around technology.