Michael Lukaszuk is a Canadian composer, laptop performer and creative programmer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He writes fixed electroacoustic works, improvisations for laptops, pieces for acoustic instruments with live processing, along with algorithmic systems in which computers gradually generate music in a live setting. His music explores themes such as sleep, movement and pop culture artifacts, often drawing influence from styles such as glitch, punk and jazz.
His music has been performed at events such as the International Computer Music Conference, the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, the SEAMUS National Conference, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, N_SEME, and New Music Edmonton’s Now Hear This Festival of New Music. In 2015, Michael received 1st prize in the SOCAN Foundation's Hugh Le Caine Awards for electroacoustic music. His primary teachers included Mara Helmuth at the College-Conservatory of Music, along with Omar Daniel and Peter Paul Koprowski at the University of Western Ontario.
Recent research projects include the creation of new synthesis-based instruments for the SuperCollider and RTcmix computer music languages, and a variety of simple computer-based instruments for performing group improvisations with laptops. Michael holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, graduating with a cognate in computer music programming. He has taught courses in composition and music technology at the University of Western Ontario, Miami University (Oxford, Oh), he currently works as an Adjunct Instructor of Composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently the director of the Cincinnati Composers Laptop Orchestra Project (CiCLOP).
May 29, 2017
My Metal Bird Can Sing will be played this summer at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium.
Dec. 10, 2016
My Metal Bird Can Sing has been accepted to the 2017 SEAMUS (Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States) National Conference in St. Cloud, Minnessota.
Nov. 30, 2016
Przypadek has been realeased on Ablaze Records as one of the pieces featured on their "Electronic Masters" series.
On December 11th, I will be performing a set of improvised live electronic music at the Cincinnati Art Museum as part of their "Muse" concert series.
Oct. 31, 2016
Przypadek for fixed-media electronics will be played in Gdansk, Poland as part of "New Music in the Old Town".
Oct. 12, 2016
Przypadek for fixed-media electronics will be played at Lewis University on October 15 as part of Electronic Music Midwest.
My Metal Bird Can Sing for fixed-media electronics will be played at the University of Iowa as part of the Midwest Composers Symposium.
August 12, 2017
My Metal Bird Can Sing will be played at the 2017 Toronto International Electroacoustic SymposiumPast
July 14, 2017
My Metal Bird Can Sing will be played at the Applause Music Festival, Fort Worth, Texas
June 20, 2017
My Metal Bird Can Sing will be played at the 2017 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival
April 22, 2017
My Metal Bird Can Sing will be played at the SEAMUS (Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States) conference at St. Cloud State University
April 4, 2017
Sight Unseen, a new fixed-media work will be played at the College-Conservatory of Music (University of Cincinnati) as part of their Sonic Explorations concert.
March 10-11, 2017
My Metal Bird Can Sing will be played at N_SEME (National Student Electronic Music Event) at Louisiana State University
February 25, 2017
presented "Malfunction as a Compositional Determinant in My Metal Bird Can Sing" at the Bowling Green State University Graduate Conference in Music, Bowling Green, Ohio
December 11, 2016
Set of improvised live electronic music (laptop + found objects) at the Cincinnati Art Museum for their "Muse" concert series.
December 8, 2016
Przypadek for fixed media will be played as part of the "New Music in the Old Town" concert series, Gdansk, Poland
December 1, 2016
Twitch (version for cello and electronics) will be performed as part of Gregory Evans senior cello recital at the College- Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati.
November 15, 2016
My Metal Bird Can Sing for fixed media and Twitch for viola and live electronics will be performed at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati as part of their Sonic Explorations concert.
November 3, 2016
My Metal Bird Can Sing for fixed media will be performed at the Midwest Composers Symposium, University of Iowa
October 25, 2016
Doctoral degree recital at College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati
October 14, 2016
Przypadek for fixed media will be performed at Electronic Music Midwest at Lewis University
September 13, 2016
Przypadek for fixed media will be performed at the International Computer Music Conference in Utrecht
June 16, 2016
Przypadek for fixed media and All the moon long.... for laptop ensemble will be played at the 2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.
April 6, 2016
live coding session, Meyers Gallery at the University of Cincinnati
March 29, 2016
Przypadek, for fixed media, Sonic Explorations concert at the College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati
February 27, 2016
Przypadek, for fixed media, SCI Snapshot Conference, Ball State University
February 11, 2016
Ritus, for fixed media, 2016 SEAMUS National Conference, Georgia Southern University
November 22, 2015
Ritus, for fixed media, 2015 Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Kansas City
November 17, 2015
All the moon long..., for laptop ensemble, Sonic Explorations concert at the College-Conservatory of Music
August 21, 2015
Ritus, for fixed media, 2015 Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium
June 28, 2015
From Uganda by Mara Helmuth, performed with CiCLOP, 2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival
June 24, 2015
Aretha Variations, for SuperCollider, 2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival
June 12, 2015
Ritus, and Przypadek, two fixed media works, Orford Arts Centre, Orford Quebec
March 15, 2015
In C by Terry Riley, performed with CiCLOP, Experimental Music at the Library, Cincinnati
March 25, 2015
Ritus, for fixed media, From Uganda by Mara Helmuth, performed with CiCLOP. Sonic Explorations concert at the College-Conservatory of Music,
November 19, 2014
live coding performance, Experimental Music at the Library, Cincinnati
November 15, 2014
Aretha Variations, for SuperCollider, 2015 Midwest Composers Symposium, Cincinnati
November 14, 2014
Aretha Variations, for SuperCollider, Sonic Explorations concert at the College-Conservatory of Music,
November 14, 2014
Electric Mud, for laptop ensemble, Sonic Explorations concert at the College-Conservatory of Music,
March 21, 2014
Luna, for fixed media. Now Heart This Festival of New Music, Edmonton, Alberta
January 17, 2014
live coding performance. Tone Deaf Presents: Art's Birthday, Kingston, Ontario
for glitch sounds in chuck
MPLfilt and foldoverMPL (2016)
These are a couple of classes for chucK that were the results of experimentation with some glitch techniques using the language. They extend the Chubgraph class, enabling users to incorporate them just like any other unit generator.
MPLfilt uses a resonant bandpass filter with Q values < 1.0, also incorporates some infrasonic/ultrasonic frequency content.
foldoverMPL is a simple class for experimenting with aliasing and foldover using simple oscillators. It allows the user to provide a "fundamental" frequency for the distorted foldover that results from the sampling using frequency content above the Nyquist freq -- as opposed to just providing a value like 41,000HZ...
VwindGen and GrainsMPL (2017)
These are a couple of granular synthesis instruments that I made for my recent fixed piece "Sight Unseen". They are for SuperCollider.
The main idea with both of these instruments is to use an algorithmic, or at least more "outside-of-the-box" approach to windowing grain streams and clouds. They should be placed in the same directory as SC Extensions -- class library needs to recompiled before use.
VwindGen interpolates across a series of wavetables to for a kind of aggregate or meta grain window. GrainsMPL allows the user to generate a grain window based on presets such as geometric and arithmetic series. You can specify starting and ending points, number of points, rate of growth, etc.
MIKEGRAN (2016) - a granular synthesis instrument for RTcmix. Randomly chooses from a set of wavetables used for grain envelopes and grain waveforms. Also has some interesting presets for quasi-synchronous grain rates. NB a fair bit of borrowed code from other RTcmix instruments. Version B uses a different grain window for the audio signal sent to left channel vs. the right.
Image below shows different window + grain wave combinations in a synchronous stream.
FMCHAIN (2014) - an expanded/modified version of the RTcmix FMINST frequency modulation instrument. FM chain uses multiple carrier/modulator pairs but comines the modulation signal of the previous mod. oscillator with each successive pair. i.e. Great for super wet, intermodulated FM sounds.
FM = Car * Mod
FM2 = Car2 * (Mod2 = Mod2 + Mod)
FM3 = Car3 * (Mod3 = Mod3 + Mod2)
Friends, mentors, colleagues:
Some of my favourite free and/or open source tools:
Live coding performance, Experimental Music at the Library. , Cincinnati, 2014.