Check out this conversation Third Space Gallery had with very long cat!


very long cat is an online music duo formed by tabla player Shawn Mativetsky and live coder David Ogborn. Based in Montreal, QC and Hamilton, ON, the duo rehearses and performs over the internet, improvising and exploring the realms of sound and image. The tabla is a versatile pair of drums from the North of India, played with the fingers, and features a colourful sonic palette. Through live coding, the art of programming live in the moment, David is able to create a wide variety of digital musical and visual elements that converse with Shawn’s tabla playing. The code is displayed throughout the performance, revealing the process behind the music


very long cat is the duo of Shawn Mativetsky (tabla) and David Ogborn (live coding). Active since 2015, the group has performed at New Interfaces for Musical Expression, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the International Conference on Live Coding, and numerous live-streamed events. Shawn Mativetsky is one of Canada’s leading ambassadors of the tabla, and a pioneer in bridging the worlds of Western and Indian classical music. David Ogborn is the lead developer of numerous software projects (eg. Estuary, Punctual), and runs the Networked Imagination Laboratory (dedicated to live coding and network music) at McMaster University.

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