Pattern Improvisations

The above is a condensed essay version, published in vitriol ii, of Arnaud Martin’s presentation for Call and Response on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at The Emerald Tablet, which you can watch in full below.

Following his presentation is a Q&A and a musical response by composer, pianist, and electronic musician Chris Brown.


Arnaud Martin pic


Dr. Arnaud Martin is a butterfly geneticist interested in how DNA codes for shapes and how biodiversity has emerged from the tinkering of genetic information. He’s a Master in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Universite Lyon I / Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, 2007), a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics (University of California Irvine, 2012), and is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of California Berkeley, 2014-present.


Chris Brown, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, creates music for acoustic instruments with interactive electronics, for computer networks, and for improvising ensembles. Collaboration and improvisation are consistent themes in his work, along with the invention and performance of new electronic instruments and software. He is a founding member of The HUB, the pioneering network music ensemble, and has composed many interactive works for the percussionist William Winant (Iconicities, New World Records.) He is currently a Professor of Music at Mills College and Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM).