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Live Stage: Sonic Mandalas [us San Francisco]

d1t11psd.jpgYou can see Sonic Mandalas during the month of August at the Olympic Circle Sailing Center in Berkeley, California. Although not a ‘gallery’ gallery, the Center will show some of these works in a beautiful setting, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. How appropriate for the sounds of whales to be seen in view of the waters from which they came! Directions to the marina are here. On Friday, August 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm there will be a brief overview of the work, where it came from, recent developments and future directions… if you are in the area that evening, please, drop on by.

For those not in SF, you can see Cetacean Stills here; watch movies here; or listen to sounds here.


The Gray Whale


The Bottlenose Whale


Jul 30, 2007
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The Conducter Program: Tapper

sam2004.gifThe Conductor program — computer-mediated musical performance by Stephen Malinowski.

Introduction: There are many ways people share the responsibility of making music: they can collaborate in composing and performing music, a composer can leave performing to other musicians, a group of musicians can hire a conductor, a performer can rely on an instrument maker to build a machine capable of turning musical gestures into sound. A less commonly used way to share musical responsibility is for a machine to be responsible for storing the notes of the score and playing back those notes in the proper order, leaving a human performer with only the responsibilities of the conductor — rhythm, tempo, dynamics, expression, interpretation.
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Jul 30, 2007
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Reblogged Otherness

otherness.jpgOtherness – CD & Booklet – curated by David CotnerSonic Arts Network :: This is the ninth implementation of the series curated by the Sonic Arts Network, a British organization dedicated to studying, spreading and pondering non-conventional sound experiences. This time the task was assigned to David Cotner, a Californian contemporary experimental music composer and expert, skilled in choosing from diverse sources and sensitively organizing the ‘differences’. His sound paths follow more poetic than theoretical suggestions, but this is a good thing when the chosen artists are Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Cluster & Brian Eno, David Toop and Kraig Grady, together with outsiders such as Mick Harris and Lee Ranaldo, who, compared to the works they’re known for, explore long silences, soundscapes and ethereal drones (the first one), and field recordings and light melodies captured in the urban zone of Shibuya in Tokyo. Continue reading


Jul 30, 2007
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Reblogged Robert Henke – Atlantic Waves

atlantic_waves_5_04.jpgOne of the more impressive audio-visual events of last few years, for me, was the Nicolai / Henke / Ikeda gig in the Tate Turbine Hall, London, back in May 2006. All three performers won me over, providing very different interpretations of the audio-visual aesthetic.

Robert Henke performed his Atlantic Waves piece, a custom software application which drives Ableton Live. It’s a graphical mutating score that provides a visual representation of the sound and acts as a kind sequencer to the music itself. A nod in the direction of Mondrian’s grid paintings perhaps, the screen is populated with moving coloured squares that seem to interact like traffic or Cellular Automata, sometime imploding and regrouping in perfect synchronisation with the abstracted beats. Continue reading


Jul 30, 2007
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Live Stage: Live Sound Art Radio [uk London]

beings_hyacinth.jpgResonance 104.4fm – Live Sound Art Radio :: July 29, 2007, 7.30-12:00 pm :: Corsica Studios (under the railway arches of E&C railway station), 5 Elephant Road, SE17 1LB (Elephant & Castle tube).

Resonance 104.4fm’s extends radio broadcasting for the A Month of Sundays series of live programmes from the stage at The Corsica Arts Club. This Sunday evening: the last in a series of unusual live broadcasts from the Corsica Studios’ stage. The audience are invited to participate: from pedal powering the amp to exploding party poppers…

Presenting Roles incredible record playing grammatricycle: bicycle powered radio from the Dexter Bentley Hello Goodbye Show line-up, including the Boycott Coca Cola Experience. Continue reading


Jul 27, 2007
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A human piano? well, almost

production-pic-tiny.jpgForce Theory is a musical production team from Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The group was founded in 1997; they produce music for films and perform a rather strange stage show. The band’s name was derived from the unified force theory. In 2005 they scored the soundtrack to the film Favela Rising about a man who leads an art revolution out of the slums of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. In 2006 they scored the film Jesus Camp by Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (The Boys of Baraka).

Ionic (Michael Furjanic) of the band developed a “human piano” that uses low level electricity to put sound into people. He then attaches himself to a speaker system and the sound is amplified. (from Wikipedia) Continue reading


Jul 26, 2007
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Glasbead + FAFFTOPIA

gbicc.jpgGlasbead, by John Klima, is a multi-user persistent collaborative musical interface allowing players to manipulate and exchange sound sample files and create a myriad of soundscapes and rhythmic musical sequences. Current bandwidth allows as many as 20 people to play Glasbead at the same time. Jeremy Owen Turner composed a piece for Glasbead called FAFFTOPIA in 2006. “Here is the 5th solo performance demo video of Fafftopia. This one is probably my fave performance so far…it is brief and yet it has a kind of aesthetic balance (compared with the other performances). For this performance, I was making use of the “z” keystroke that alters the pitch of the selected stem (via the spinning red ring which also controls the volume parameters).


Jul 26, 2007
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Phone Fun

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzECOGeKWKo[/youtube]

A basic live instrument Sebastian Tomczak wrote for his phone is routed through some cheap effects pedals. Download the app, view the code here. You will need a phone that is compatible with J2ME / Mobile Processing. You can find a list of some of the phones here. More info here. Also see … Continue reading


Jul 26, 2007
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Saâdane Afif at Documenta 12

gal135_md.jpgSaadane Afif is one of the most inventive contemporary artists working in France, and his work, which employs objects, scale models, sound and writing, can transform an installation into a song, an Andre Cadere sculpture into a lightshow or a guitar into a clock. (Amazon)

Occupying the literal and figurative epicenter of documenta 12’s temporary Aue-Pavilion, Afif’s Black Chords Plays Lyrics combines Lyrics’ novel retrospective approach with Power Chords, a 2005 work that turned wooden sculptures by minimalist artist André Cadere into music. Afif has arranged 13 guitars and amps in a black-draped room that also serves as a passageway to the other half of the exhibition. The guitars are hooked up to mechanized strummers, which cover the guitar strings like black plastic hubcaps. Approaching from afar, one hears the eerie echo of the seemingly random chords as they filter through the pavilion. Upon leaving the room, the experience repeats, this time with the sound receding into the sensory confusion of the other installations. Continue reading


Jul 25, 2007
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Sonic Portraits Reminder

naisa_logo.jpg2007 Call for Submissions on the theme A Sonic Portrait :: Categories: Radio Art, Electroacoustic Music, Videomusic and Installation Art :: Deadline: September 30, 2007.

New Adventures in Sound Art invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme A Sonic Portrait for consideration in 2008 future programming for the annual Deep Wireless, Sound Travels or SOUNDplay festivals, produced by New Adventures in Sound Art in Toronto, Canada. Artists may submit works in one or all of the following four categories: 1) Radio Art, 2) Electroacoustic Music, 3) Videomusic and 4) Installation Art (Note:please send separate submission forms for each entry).

Individual interpretations or variations on the theme are encouraged: A Sonic Portrait could be a portrait of a person, place or thing done entirely in sound, an audio journal, a soundscape portrait, sound mapping, a visualization of a sound and so on. Go here for more information.


Jul 25, 2007
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