Research

Concert Music

My research focuses on human-machine improvisation and intersections between music theory and music perception. As artist in residence at the Music Cognition and Computation Laboratory at the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2012, I was part of the design team that created MIMI (Multimodal Interaction for Musical Improvisation), a software system for human-computer improvisation, and performed extensively with MIMI in the United States and Europe. I am keenly interested in developing new musical interfaces and new modes of interaction between performers and electronics.

Selected Publications:

Smith, J.B.L., Schankler, I., and Chew, E. (2014). Listening as a Creative Act: Meaningful Differences in Structural Annotations of Improvised Performances. Music Theory Online 20:3 (September 2014). [ link ]

Schankler, I., Chew, E., and François, A.R.J. (2014). Improvising With Digital Auto-Scaffolding: How Mimi Changes And Enhances The Creative Process. In Digital Da Vinci, ed. Newton Lee. Springer Verlag, Berlin. [ link ]

François, A.R.J., Schankler, I., and Chew, E. (2013). Mimi4x: An Interactive Audio-visual Installation for High-level Structural Improvisation. International Journal of Arts and Technology, vol. 6, no. 2, 2013.

Schankler, I. (2012). Spring Encounters: Century of the Rite. Reflections on the Rite, 29 Oct. 2012. [ link ]

Schankler, I. (2012). Cage = 100: Tudor and the Performance Practice of Concert for Piano and Orchestra. NewMusicBox, 5 Sep. 2012. [ link ]

Schankler, I. (2012). Sounds Heard: Anatomy of a Truth-Bender. NewMusicBox, 28 Feb. 2012. [ link ]

Schankler, I., François, A.R.J., and Chew, E. (2011). User-directed Improvisation and Play with Metacompositions for Mimi4x. International Symposium of Music Information Retrieval, Late-breaking and Demo Session, Miami, FL, October 2011.

Smith J. and Schankler I. (2011). Review of the 3rd International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music. Computer Music Journal 35:4 (Winter 2011).

Schankler, I., François, A.R.J., and Chew, E. (2011). Preparing for the unpredictable: Identifying successful performance strategies in human-machine improvisation. In Proceedings of the International Symposium of Performance Science, Toronto, ON, August 2011.

Schankler I., Smith J., François A. R., and Chew E. (2011). Emergent formal structures of factor-oracle driven musical improvisations. In C. Agon, M. Andreatta, G. Assayag et al. (eds.), Proceedings of Mathematics and Computation in Music. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

François, A.R.J., Schankler, I., and Chew, E. (2010). Mimi4x: An Interactive Audio-visual Installation for High-level Structural Improvisation. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Interactive Multimedia Installations and Digital Art (IMIDA 2010), Singapore, July 23.