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AV Festival 08 – Call for Proposals [uk UK]

shadow_play.jpgThe AV Festival 08, the UK’s largest festival of digital art, music and the moving image, will take place in Newcastle, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, in the North East of England from the 28 February – 8 March 2008.

The AV Festival is a biennial international festival of electronic arts, featuring visual art, music and moving image. The theme of AV Festival 08 is Broadcast and it will examine the changing face of broadcasting in the light of the increasing move towards digitisation across Europe and beyond. Continue reading


Sep 28, 2007
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Reblogged Sound Pressure

1443878026_0b81c57aef_o.jpg[Image: Luigi Russolo and his noise machines… something otherwise irrelevant to this post] Wired just published a conversation between neurologist Oliver Sacks and journalist Steve Silberman … about music, memory, the neurological benefits and pressures of sound, blindness, and the (possible) dangers of urban noise pollution. An excerpt:

Wired: When you were growing up, hearing music often required going to see it performed. But iPods make music ubiquitous, like mental air-conditioning. What have we gained or lost by that?

Sacks: At first it would seem to be a wonderful gain. Darwin might have had to go to London to see a concert. But I can’t help wondering if the incidence of earworms and musical hallucinations is higher now, with background music in every public place. You can’t go to a restaurant without music, and they get offended if you ask them to turn it off. They feel it’s part of their creativity – they’re doing it for you. Continue reading


Sep 27, 2007
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Ztretch – Stretchy Fabric as a Music Controller

rockon.jpgZtretch – Stretchy Fabric as a Music Controller by Angela Chang: There has been much prior research on integrating electronics into textiles. However, I felt that many of these projects did not take into account the usability and interactivity of the fabric. Much of the prior work is focused on rigid, exact places for touching the fabric, rather than supporting the many actions our hands and bodies can create. Thus, I wanted to make a device that could capture the richness of active touch interactions. These haptic interactions could be used to create expressive music. Here is are 2 videos of a performance fabric.avi (100Mb) and fabric2.avi (100Mb download).

“ABSTRACT: We present Zstretch, a textile music controller that supports expressive haptic interactions. The musical controller takes advantage of the fabric’s topological constraints to enable proportional control of musical parameters. Continue reading


Sep 27, 2007
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Live Stage: iMAL [be Brussels]

thegate_01.jpgSecond Front, The Gate :: October 4, 2007; 6:00 pm :: iMAL, Brussels – Through the Gate installation, Second Front will perform live from Second Life directly projected in iMAL (related post) new public space; and the Brussels public will become performers in Second Life.

ESPACES CROISES + PYROGENESIS (FR) – October 5, 2007; 8:30 pm :: iMAL invites Pascal Baltazar and Mathieu Chamagne, two artists supported by GMEA, the musical research group of Albi. They will play personal compositions where they explore new types of gestural interfaces for controlling multi-channel computer-based sound processes Continue reading


Sep 27, 2007
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Live Stage: Video Dumbo [us Brooklyn]

festival_graphic.jpgVideo Dumbo – co-presented with Dumbo Arts Center during the Arts Under the Bridge Festival from September 28 – 30, 2007 – will include live AV sets by Zach Layton, Ray Sweeten and Luke Dubois on the 29th at 9:00 pm.

Exhibition: Opening September 28, 8:00 pm :: Sat 12:00 – 10:00 pm; Sun 12:00 – 8:00 pm :: Contact: Dumbo Arts Center: 718-694-0831 or email to videodumbo [at] gmail.com. The full program is online. Also see: Continue reading


Sep 27, 2007
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Live Stage: Carsten Nicolai [us NYC]

k06_nicolai_large.jpgalva noto: a.k.a. Carsten Nicolai :: October 6, 2007; 8 pm :: The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY :: 212.255.5793 :: Tickets $15.

The renowned Berlin-based artist Carsten Nicolai, whose minimalist, post-techno music is released under the name alva noto, presents Xerrox vol. 2, an evening of new and recent audio-visual works for solo laptop and video projection. Created from a range of ordinary source material ranging from Muzak to television advertisements, Nicolai compresses, multiplies, and alters this digital information into hypnotic progressions of sonic and visual abstraction.


Sep 27, 2007
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Live Stage: The Future of Music [is Reykjavik]

logo.pngAn international conference on the future of music and the latest developments in digital marketing will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland on Wednesday 17 October 2007.

With the advent of the Internet and 3G technology, the music industry is increasingly facing major challenges in trying to find ways to adapt and survive in the new world of music. The Who is in Control? international conference will present a ground-breaking new business model which Iceland could be a test bed for, as well as the latest developments in digital marketing, new technological opportunities and funding in the digital world. A number of leading speakers from around the world will be attending the conference. These include representatives from major record labels, music magazines and websites, leading brands and chains as well as marketing experts and lawyers. Continue reading


Sep 27, 2007
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Genetic Laptop Music Workshop [be Brussels]

fond01.jpgGenetic Laptop Music Workshop by Kim Cascone :: October 11-14, 2007 :: iMAL (Interactive Media Art Lab) / TELE, Brussels.

Simple Genetic Algorithm for Music: The purpose of this workshop is to stimulate new ways of working collaboratively and in performance with open source materials. Kim Cascone’s approach is based on a simple genetic algorithmic which is ‘executed’ by the participants. The concept for this workshop was inspired by John Maeda’s “Human Powered Computer Experiment”. In this experiment Maeda recreated the internal operations of a simple computer using people to physically transport handwritten instructions and data to and from the CPU, RAM, FPU, etc. Continue reading


Sep 27, 2007
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Live Stage: the air been broken [uk Manchester]

8gg_w250.jpgThe air been broken by 8ggOutside the Box at Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH. Saturday, the 13th October, 2007.

8gg use digital techniques to “create an open and mobile space infused with visual and audio elements”. Within this digitised space they interact with their surroundings to create new images and sounds via movement and expressions. They subsequently feed off these computerised reactions and a cycle is formed that creates an ever-changing and increasingly entwined audio visual performance. Inspired by human anatomy, movement and above all collaboration, the duo believe that a sense of joy in creating such works is paramount at all times. This is a live, exclusive performance in the shadow of the iconic URBIS building at which the public will be encouraged to participate via the giant screen, webcams, microphones and other sensors. Continue reading


Sep 26, 2007
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Reblogged algorithmic.net

metastaseis1.jpg[Image: Iannis Xenakis – Metastasis (1955)] “The computing machine is a marvelous invention and seems almost superhuman. But in reality it is as limited as the mind of the individual who feeds it material. Like the computer, the machines we use for making music can only give back what we put into them.” Varèse, E. 2004. “The Liberation of Sound.” In Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music. C. Cox and D. Warner, eds. New York: Continuum.

http://algorithmic.net/ provides a comprehensive research resource for computer aided algorithmic music composition, including over one-thousand research listings, over one hundred system listings, cross referenced links to research, links to software downloads and documentation, and web-based tools for searching and filtering the complete lexicon. Continue reading


Sep 25, 2007
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