BEK Opening Week: Arild Boman: Computer music and satellite compositions

BEK 17.02.2024 13.00


BEK, in collaboration with Arild Boman, will develop an instrument based on machine learning models trained on original live recordings of Arild Boman’s piece Ecumene performed at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 1969.

BEK and Boman are looking at the possibilities of creating an artificial intelligence that, through these models and an interaction software, enables a relationship between man and machine through improvisation. The collaboration will be part of Boman’s project “Algoritmer i kunst: Musikalsk ‘kryss-peiling'” (Algorithms in art).

In an extension of this, Boman gives a presentation at BEK about his compositions for and with computers, satellites, his work with Erkki Kurenniemi, the piece Ecumene, FESTAC77 and more. In addition, Morten Halvorsen and Boman will present their work with the machine learning model.

Saturday 17 February

BEK, C. Sundts gate 55, 9th floor
Free and open to all – no registration required!


Arild Boman (1940) is a Norwegian communication researcher, composer, musician and media artist. In addition to creating the music for Pompel & Pilt, his early experiments with digital music with computers, interaction over satellite connections, experimental video art and the fact that he was the first Norwegian to compose music with computers have given him a well-deserved legend status. Boman started video and computer experimentation with music in 1961, and from there played in the band Public Enemies from 1964, made theatre music for an Ibsen series, started Norwegian video art teaching at the Norwegian Academy of Fine Arts in 1974 and the First African Video Art Workshop in Nigeria during FESTAC in 1977. Boman has led investigations of youth, culture and technology in European, African and Asian countries, and of broadband democracy/resident utilization of own cable networks in several countries. From 1987 he was editor of Mediekultur/Kunnskapskanalen, the universities’ television broadcasts of research and art, and in later years he has had exhibitions in Norway and abroad.


BEK’s space unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible. Please send us an email at if you’re using a wheelchair, and we’ll do our best to facilitate your needs. Our space has all gender toilet facilities. Service dogs are welcome. We also provide the option of a quiet room.

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