Bret Battey inaugural lecture, Wed. March 14th, 5:30pm HA 0.08

DMUtalks: Generative Audio-visual Composition: Dialoguing with Complex Systems -
An inaugural lecture by Professor Bret Battey

Wednesday March 14th 2018, 5:30pm, Hugh Aston Building 0.08

In this lecture Professor Battey will describe aspects of his multidisciplinary approach to creating audio-visual compositions. He applies algorithmic means to humanistic ends - seeking to create complex but coherent audio-visual flows, which he links to a Buddhist sense of impermanence. This involves a process of coding and dialoguing with unpredictable algorithms to discover and develop new artistic potentials.

The talk will include discussion of his new OptiNelder visual-effect system, which involves animating the processes of Nelder-Mead optimization (used by mathematicians to find solutions to complex, multi-variable problems that cannot be addressed by solving equations). He will also discuss his Nodewebba software, which networks iterative-function pattern generators to give rise to emergent musical or visual behaviours. The talk will also serve as a prelude to his 50th-birthday retrospective concert in PACE 1 on April 11.

The evening will begin with refreshments from 5.30pm, with the talk beginning at 6.00pm. A drinks reception and canapés will be available following the lecture.

For further information please contact the events office on (0116) 250 6066 or email

Hugh Aston Building 0.08
Start time 5:30pm
Free entry