Kevin Schlei

October 4, 2014

ICMC-SMC in Athens
Tags: , , — Kevin @ 3:36 pm

I was really excited to present my research on TC-Data at the ICMC-SMC conference in Athens, Greece. The conference was packed with music – five concerts a day. There was a really nice acousmatic setup in the main concert hall at the Onassis Cultural Center.

The keynote speakers were Jean-Claude Risset, John Chowning, Gerard Assayag, Peter Nelson, and Curtis Roads. It was amazing to hear them all over the course of the week. Chowning’s talk was particularly engaging: tracing his origins into computer music and the beginnings of all that we work with today.

TC-Data released!
Tags: — Kevin @ 3:24 pm

TC-Data is the latest iteration of my touch control research. The goal was to unlock the touch screen controllers for generalized use.

Although based on TC-11, the interface and backend of TC-Data was completely rewritten to be as lightweight as possible. This meant redesigning the engine that ran the controller generation so that the iPad could be free to use its processor for the apps that need it – the synths that TC-Data can target.

I exhibited TC-Data at the ICMC-SMC conference in Athens, and was really happy to meet people that were excited about the project. So far it’s been a great launch!

July 16, 2013

Recording Minor Vices: Misdemeanors

On July 13th Minor Vices got together to record Misdemeanors, a structured improvisation by Chris Burns. The 26 short movements of the piece set rules for the ensemble to follow while they play. In addition to being great music, excellent performances, and absolute fun, we got to break in new recording equipment and fully use a space we’ve occupied for years.

Minor Vices is: Chris Burns, David Collins, Adam Murphy, Trevor Saint, Kevin Schlei, Amanda Schoofs, and Seth Warren-Crow. Steve Schlei was the recording engineer.

June 13, 2013

WWDC Pics and Update
Tags: , , — Kevin @ 4:58 pm

WWDC has been incredible so far. Even waiting in line (not uncommon) means meeting tons of enthusiastic and friendly developers. The sessions have been fantastic. The upcoming API improvements are going to make things much easier, and there are some incredible new technologies I’ll be dropping into my apps.

I’ve met with Apple engineers in Core Audio, Cocoa Touch, and UI Designers to chat about my apps and approaches to improving interface development. It’s been great to ask the API designers how my interface approach can be better organized. I’ve learned a lot and there is still more to go!

June 7, 2013

Heading to WWDC
Kevin @ 12:49 am

Next week I’ll be heading out to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. It looks to be an incredible opportunity to meet other developers, Apple engineers, and check out whatever new is announced. If you’d like to keep track of things, chances are I’ll be tweeting away (@BitShapeSoft).


December 7, 2012

Tabla Demo
Tags: , , , — Kevin @ 3:33 pm

On Tuesday I visited Adam Murphy’s composition studies class at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School to demonstrate the basics of tabla performance. Adam lectured on Indian classical music structure and I talked a bit on rhythmic theory. The students were all attentive and sharp, and had some great questions. Hopefully I’ll see them at the next Indian classical music concert here in town.

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November 12, 2012

Trevor Saint + Alligator Char


Monday night (November 12), Trevor Saint will be performing at the UWM Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. The first half of the program is a set of works for solo glockenspiel, mostly with electronics — including works by Matthew Burtner, Jeff Herriott, and Eric Sheffield/Anna Weisling, as well as a performance of Chris Burns’ work “Opalescence”. The second half of the program is a reprise of my work “Alligator Char”, with David Collins, Adam Murphy, Kevin Schlei, Amanda Schoofs, and Seth Warren-Crow joining Trevor in a structured ensemble improvisation. Trevor is an incredibly dynamic performer, and this will be a terrific event.

Monday, November 12
7:30 pm
PSOA Music Building Recital Hall

3223 N. Downer Ave.

October 23, 2012

TORCH – LIVE November 7th

TORCH is set to play a concert of original and classic works on November 7th at the Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall, 7:30 pm. The concert is free and open to the public, and should be an exciting debut of the ensemble.

I’m really happy with the way the group has come along since our first rehearsals, and also with the energy that they bring each week when we get together. I hope you can join us for a great concert!

TORCH is the TC-11 Orchestra. The ensemble includes: Chris Burns, Mary Francis, Bill Heinrichs, Brian Lynch, Michelle McKenzie, Adam Murphy, Elliot Patros, Grant Richter, Kevin Schlei, Steve Schlei, Jim Schoenecker.

TORCH – Nov. 7th, 7:30, PSOA Recital Hall

Tabla Solo
Tags: , , , — Kevin @ 7:09 pm

My first tabla recital has come and gone, and I wanted to post my short solo. It was fun to get out there and play, and the crowd was generous and supportive. Afterwards I had the extreme pleasure of hearing Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan play an incredible concert with my tabla instructor Hindole Majumdar. What a great evening.

Click on the thumbnail for the tabla solo:


August 29, 2012

Pics: MiLO at the Sugar Maple

Some great shots of MiLO by Paul Mitchell (website). Pictured are: Christopher Burns, David Collins, Adam Murphy, Elliot Patros, Kevin Schlei, Steve Schlei, Jim Schoenecker, Amanda Schoofs, Seth Warren-Crow.

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