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Friday, October 20th, 2017


Saturday, October 21st



We recommend that the audience come during specific timeframes: 

Opening remarks and presentation

6:45pm – 7:45pm Friday, the 20th

Closing ceremony, student presentations and announcement of winners

4:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday, the 21st


Students from Latina Girls Code will collaborate with Mexico’s leading electroacoustic composer, using technology to complement an interactive music composition for a 2018 world premiere


Fulcrum Point will organize students from Latina Girls Code in a music and technology event. This Music Tech Jam will empower Latino students to develop an interactive music tool that will be integral to a 2018 world premiere composition by renowned Mexican Composer Javier Álvarez. The participants will learn about Pure Data, a programming language for creating interactive computer music, as they explore a composer’s creative process and build upon an existing music app for audience interaction. At the end of the two day event, a panel of judges will determine from a specified rubric the winner of the Music Tech Jam. The winning collaboration may be incorporated into the final composition by Javier. This collaborative event is made possible by a MacArthur International Connections Grant and is the first of a series of workshops created by Fulcrum Point and the Mexican Centre for Music and the  Sonic Arts (CMASS) in Morelia Mexico, in partnership with The People’s Music School and Chicago’s Latino and tech communities, including Latina Girls Code. 


Leading up to the 2018 final concert will be several exciting opportunities to engage in the process. Fulcrum Point invites the community to attend as observers and asks that they rsvp on Eventbrite. Chicago-based composer and coder, Joel Corelitz, will be integral to the Music Tech Jam and final process which will be based on his interactive music app, Shortwave.  


In preparation for the Music Tech Jam, Fulcrum Point Artistic Director Stephen Burns and Javier Álvarez will present their electroacoustic music and work with Latino students from The People’s Music School in the Albany Park and Back of the Yards neighborhoods. The artists will engage the Chicago Public School students in creating and editing digital field recordings to be designed, filtered, and sculpted for use during the Music Tech Jam.


After the Music Tech Jam, the public is invited to go deeper with a beta-phase Music Hackathon hosted by The People’s Music School on Saturday, November 11th, at 1871. All developers are invited to attend this full-day event, where they will be challenged to develop sounds from various cherished items brought by the students of The People’s Music School. Developers will engage in an artistic technical initiative, while competing for various prizes. Output from this Music Hackathon will also be curated for Javier Álvarez’s composition. Learn more here.


Location: Blue 1647 Tech Innovation Center


Blue 1647 Tech Innovation Center
2150 S Canalport Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

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