Inclusive Improv

ii and HELO at expo

Saturday 26th September 2009 - 13:00pm

**Setup: 10:00 - 11:00

Sound Check: 11:30**


Processed Improvisation - untitled

15 - 20mins

Brief Biography

HELO is part of the undergraduate course at the University of Huddersfield which exists to explore laptop based performance practice in a variety of settings. HELO has no fixed ethos to either tools or strategies and instead looks to explore methods specific to its players and circumstance.

The InclusiveImprov collective is an improvisation group that performs free improvised music for fun. With a leaning towards experimental music, techniques and instruments the InclusiveImprov organises regular open improvisation performance and is constantly looking for new challenges.

Program Note

Todays improvisation is the result of a series of experiments between the InclusiveImprov and the Huddersfield Experimental laptop Orchestra. Working within each players experience the group will look to explore the relationship between acoustic and laptop based instruments and the dynamic interactions that can form within an improvisation. Over the course of the performance the roles of the various players will shift from source to process to control allowing each player to equally determine the progression of the improvisation.

All about HELO here.

All about netmixer here.


As part of the days activity Manchester based film maker Nathan Rae video and interviewed some of the participants.

HELO & ii @ EXPO Leeds


Liz Brown

Is a graduate of the University of Huddersfield (2009) and has a great interest and enthusiasm for experimental and improvisational music. She is also a composer who covers a broad spectrum of music from popular, to acousmatic, to classical music. ‘As a composer I feel it is important to be flexible when it comes to style and genre.’

Ray Evanoff

Ray Evanoff is an American composer and improviser who performs on a homemade percussion setup consisting of an amplified cymbal and miscellaneous common objects.

He has performed extensively with numerous individuals in numerous contexts, and has released recordings independently and through the Insides Music netlabel.

He is currently pursuing his PhD in music composition at the University of Huddersfield, and performs freely improvised music solo as well is with Timothy McCormack as “Gift of Life”.

Sam Freeman

Sam Freeman works mostly in Max/MSP/Jitter, developing systems for real-time performance and compositional tools. Based at the University of Huddersfield and about to embark upon a PhD exploring visual representations of sound in computer music software: theory, programming and composition.

Richard Glover

Richard Glover is a composer based in Huddersfield. He has received numerous international performances and radio broadcasts of his music, and works as a researcher into the perception and aesthetics of reductionist music.

Scott Hewitt

Scott Hewitt is based in Huddersfield, UK and is currently working towards a PhD. He is a composer and an improviser specializing in laptop based performance and group improvisation. For this performance he will be using his CIP improvisation framework.

Anton Hunter

Anton Hunter is a jazz guitarist living in Manchester, though from him “jazz” ranges from drop-c dark improv sets with laptops to ambient soundscapes in his quartet HAQ as well as playing in (and occasionally writing for) the electronics-meets-brass of the Beats & Pieces Big Band. You’ll also see him co-running the monthly open improvisation night The Noise Upstairs and playing in the music/art trio Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern. Recently he has set up Efpi Records with other musicians to release and promote contemporary jazz in Manchester

Adam Jansch

Adam Jansch is a sonic artist with a prediliction for electronics and Max/MSP. He has returned to the University of Huddersfield to undertake his PhD in Music Composition, with a practice investigating appropriation and the use of sonic media.

Scott Mc Laughlin

Scott Mc Laughlin is a composer and improviser based at the University of Huddersfield. His composed works specialise in game-based interaction and patterns.

Joel Ross

Joel Ross is a composer and student at the University of Huddersfield. His compositions range from electronic and algorithmic music to instrumental pieces.

Hali Santamas

Hali Santamas is a composer and undergraduate student at the University of Huddersfield. He composes in many styles ranging from glitch, ambient and noise to pop and rock. He has had an album released under the name Tread Softly on Dead Pilot Records in mid 2008 and is currently writing new material for the project as well as writing and performing as part of the ambient pop duo, Metonym. (Tread Softly)

Abigail Sanders

Abigail Sanders is a french horn player living in Manchester. She has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music. Alongside her Classical training at the RNCM, the city of Manchester has opened up many opportunities for Abigail to explore new musical avenues with her instrument through improvisation; she regularly participates in jam nights, and meets like-minded musicians to collaborate with.

Sam Stocks

Samuel Stocks is a sound designer and sonic artist based in Huddersfield in the UK. He graduated in 2009 with an Honours degree in Creative Music Technology. He specialises is creating dark and haunting sonic atmospheres, and exploring the paranormal, the astral, and the darker side of the human psyche through his sonic compositions.

Performers Information

**Setup: 10:00 - 11:00

Sound Check: 11:30**

Detailed hard copy of information .


The intention is to use the netmixer software to integrate the inclusive improv performers and the laptop players.

The netmixer allows the laptop users to create and receive there own particular sonic mix of the available microphone feeds. The sonic material will be created by the inclusive improv players.

This allows:

A brief structural guide score will be supplied by the Thursday before the performance.


ii players play; is captured by netmixer and distributed; laptop players process and diffuse.


You can download the netmixer here.
or here <- zip contains all necessary abstractions

Please install and check that it works ahead of time, any problems see Scott H.

Please feel free to use any software you like to process the sounds you receive.

While considering the processing you may use may I suggest that a delay line is a great way to mitigate most feedback issues.

Inclusive Improv

Bring your instruments and play

If you wish you may bring a stopwatch so as to facilitate keeping track of time.


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