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ContinuuCon Electronic Music Conference Scheduled in Portugal

Geary Yelton

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It’s the fifth year in a row for the international conference celebrating the Haken Continuum.

ContinuuCon 2020, the fifth annual international Haken Continuum Conference, will take place on April 27–29 in Palmela, Portugal. Musicians and technologists describe the Haken Continuum as the world’s most uniquely expressive electronic musical instrument. As in previous years, ContinuuCon 2020 will extend an opportunity for Continuum players, sound designers, software developers, and electronic music enthusiasts to explore the Continuum Fingerboard and ContinuuMini through performances, workshops, lectures, and more.

University of Illinois professor Dr. Lippold Haken and Canadian film and TV composer Edmund Eagan developed the Continuum, the ContinuuMini, and their internal sound engine, the Eagan Matrix, over decades of collaboration. Both men will be on hand throughout the event. Joining them will be numerous other authorities to share their knowledge and musical expertise.

It all begins on April 27, just two days after Superbooth ends in Berlin. The Haken Continuum conference will open with a reception for attendees, and that will be followed by a public concert at the Theatre S.Joao in Palmela, Portugal. For the next two days, Continuum experts and master musicians will give presentations and demos at the Palmela Public Library

In addition, Expressive E will give us a sneak peak at their remarkable Osmose synthesizer, which also incorporates the Eagan Matrix.

For tickets, more information, and videos of past events, visit ContinuuCon on the web at continuucon.com.

Previous Continuum Conferences have been held at IRCAM in Paris, France, and at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, NC.

Well-known Continuum players include Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi, Brazilian electro-acoustic musician Amon Tobin, film composer A.R. Rahman, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, and The Who’s Pete Townshend, who said, “I absolutely adore it. It’s a superbly expressive instrument. The Continuum is already inspiring me to new ideas.”

About the Haken Continuum Fingerboard and ContinuuMini

The Continuum Fingerboard is an electronic musical instrument that offers continuous multidimensional performance control for every finger. The smaller, more affordable ContinuuMini is a monophonic model based on the same technology. Inside both is the EaganMatrix, a cutting-edge, user-programmable, digital modular synthesizer that takes full advantage of the playing surface’s subtle to dramatic performance possibilities.

About Palmela

About 25 miles southeast of Lisbon, Portugal, the city of Palmela features art, nature, heritage, gastronomy, award-winning wines, arts and crafts, and nearby, the beautiful beaches of the Arrábida, making it an excellent location for ContinuuCon. Perched high above the city that began 2,330 years ago is the ancient Castelo de Palmela complex. Fortified by the Roman army in 106 AD, it’s now home to an upscale hotel, museum, and historic church. With the support of the Palmela City Council, Passos e Compassos is pleased to host ContinuuCon 2020.

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