Cybernetic Orchestra

Video Clips

Concert Clip


Watch the video below for a small talk about how the idea of the orchestra came about!

Biographical Profile

Connor Bennett is a Hamilton artist and saxophonist who focuses primarily on improvising as a creative means. A co-founder of the Hamilton Audio Visual Node (HAVN), Connor plays in a variety of
bands ranging from noise to funk, and was featured on the Cybernetic Orchestra’s first album esp.beat.

Jamie Beverley is a third year student in McMaster’s Arts and Science Program. Jamie joined the Cybernetic Orchestra in the fall of 2014, and appeared on the orchestra’s third album, Bilingual.

Daven Bigelow has been a member of the Cybernetic Orchestra since Fall 2015, and is currently in his third year of the undergraduate Multimedia program at McMaster University.

Tanya Goncalves is a member of the Cybernetic Orchestra and an artist-researcher who has a focus in audio programming, live coding and electroacoustic composition. She is currently a graduate student in McMaster’s M.A. in Communication and New Media.

Aaron Hutchinson is a new media artist and musician from Hamilton, Ontario. Aaron won the 2012 Hamilton Arts Award for emerging artist in New Media, and is a founding member of the Hamilton Audio Visual Node (HAVN) and co-founder of HAVN records.

Shawn Mativetsky is considered one of Canada’s leading exponents of the tabla, and is a pioneer in bridging the worlds of Western and Indian classical music. Based in Montreal, Shawn
teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. His solo album, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his recording of Canadian compositions for tabla, was released in the fall of 2011.

Kristin Mueller-Heaslip is a soprano known to Canadian audiences for her intelligent and sensitive performances of new and interesting music and her cross-genre collaborations and explorations. Past winner of the Eckhart-Grammate National Music Competition, Kristin is at home in styles ranging from bel canto opera to avant-garde new music to music theatre to indie pop. She performs as a voice/piano soloist, with theremin/voice ensemble therevox, and from time to time with Toronto’s avant-garde circus, the Lunacy Cabaret.

David Ogborn (a.k.a. d0kt0r0) is the founder and director of the Cybernetic Orchestra, the developer of numerous music-related software projects, and an Associate Professor in McMaster’s Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia.

Matt Paine is a Software Engineer who has an interest in procedural audio design within video games. He holds a Software Engineering degree from McMaster University (2015), and works as a research assistant on the SSHRC-funded project “Projectional interfaces for musical live coding.”

Harold Sikkema is a visual artist with a photography-based practice, and an interest in choral music. As a graduate student in McMaster’s M.A. in Communication and New Media, he explores connections between vocal ensembles, networked smartphones and panoramic imagery.

Dana Swarbrick is a student in music cognition and a researcher in the LIVELab analyzing how audience movement during a performance is affected by the social context. She recently won McMaster’s Battle of the Bands with her band Dana & The Monsters Under the Bed.