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Live Stage: Cris Watson [ch Zurich]

chriswatson2.jpgChris Watson live at Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zurich :: April 9, 2008; 7:00 pm.

Newcastle-based Chris Watson — who Stephen Vitiello calls “a brilliant master of environmental and field recordings” in his recent interview with Peter Traub for NMR — is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. A former sound archivist for the RSPB, Watson was a BAFTA award-winning force behind David Attenborough’s The Life of Birds, The Blue Planet and The Life of Mammals.

I love the sounds of these parallel worlds,” he says – “spaces we occupy alongside other animals but rarely tune into.” On location he explores his experiments in sound, then weaves them into haunting recordings. Continue reading


Mar 18, 2008
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Net_Music_Weekly: Song of Solomon

sos_1.jpg[Image: Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds, ca. 1941] Song of Solomon — by Ralph Borland and Julian Jonker — is an aleatoric audio collage and 8-channel installation that samples many versions of Mbube, aka Wimoweh aka The Lion Sleeps Tonight, in a sonic tribute to the song’s dead author Solomon Linda. By fragmenting and reordering compositional fragments of this ‘song of songs’, the installation questions the assumptions about compositional innovation and imitation that inform Western intellectual property law. In this jungle of sounds, the dead Author rests.

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Mar 18, 2008
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Newsletter – February 2008

banner2.jpgWelcome to a late February 2008 issue of Networked Music Review Newsletter, a monthly review of some of the many events archived on Networked_Music_Review [to receive this via email, subscribe here].

In the recently launched interview by Peter Traub, Stephen Vitiello, talks about his residency in the World Trade Center and how hearing made him feel “the distance and height of the building more than seeing.

It’s taken me some time to understand that one of the central and perhaps the most exciting consequences of the emergence of sound art as a prominent practice is the enhancement of our sensorial experience. An inroad into the hegemony of vision is being made. And with it comes a deeper understanding of acoustical perception and how, through non-visual means, elements of environmental space can be revealed. Continue reading


Mar 18, 2008
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Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture

0262633639-f30.jpgSound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture – Edited by Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid.

If Rhythm Science was about the flow of things, Sound Unbound is about the remix–how music, art, and literature have blurred the lines between what an artist can do and what a composer can create. In Sound Unbound, Rhythm Science author Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid asks artists to describe their work and compositional strategies in their own words. These are reports from the front lines on the role of sound and digital media in an information-based society. The topics are as diverse as the contributors: composer Steve Reich offers a memoir of his life with technology, from tape loops to video opera; Continue reading


Mar 17, 2008
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Sun Run Sun: Sonic Navigations

sunra.jpgYolande Harris invites you to the events that mark the culmination of her artist residence project Sun Run Sun: Sonic Navigations at the Netherlands Media Art Institute in collaboration with STEIM in Amsterdam.

“The project development over the last four months has been intense and varied, and the months of March and April hold the exhibitions and performances of five related works on the theme of navigation technologies, environment and sound. The central work is the Satellite Sounders, small portable instruments for hearing the live data from the GPS satellite network. These can be tried out by walking along the canals around NIMk and are part of the upcoming Territorial Phantom exhibition there. The two installation pieces, Dead Reckoning and Navigating by Circles present spaces of intuitive navigation in sound and video, in Amsterdam and Den Haag.” Continue reading


Mar 17, 2008
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PEKARNAnanana Multimedia Festival [sl Slovenia]

pressl.jpgPekarnananana :: March 20, 2008 – Ljubljana :: March 21-22, 2008 – Maribor :: With Brian Mackern, Strotter Inst., Incite, Fouad Bouchoucha & Yann Gerstberger, Fouad Bouchoucha, Freeze Da Booty Hunter, Jankenpopp, T’m, Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Program here.

Pekarnananana is the very first edition of a radical multimedia experience. A brand new event which gathers performers and artists from all over the world on a special time giving focus to contemporary performance practices. Initiated by the collective La Vitrine, Pekarnananana aims to hear from a broad range of nowadays artists, working within the realms of new music, sound and visual media. A fair cultural program featuring enlarged practices propitious for discoveries that sets the appointment with authentic and updated art forms. The event hands to you a ticket towards unexpected and rich performer’s stages.


Mar 17, 2008
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Aqua Scape

aquasound.jpgShinichi Takemura is a designer who uses technology in an attempt to enable creativity. He believes technology should not be used to stop people thinking, but rather to enable potential in humanity. Aqua Scape is one such example. This website invites the viewer into another world, where they can be involved in situations across the globe. The viewer can listen to various sounds of water from around the world, in real time. Takemura believes that listening to sounds in real time can change peoples emotional responses, and that the Internet is a platform to unite global citizens. This website becomes a unique dynamic experience, that can never be the same, rather than a static source of information. Takemura has transformed the function of a website and is working at using the internet to facilitate change.


Mar 17, 2008
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The Leonor Hirsch Award

aficheespanol.jpgThe Leonor Hirsch Award — a unique international competition for electro-acoustic music and video is being organized by the Bunge and Born Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please see the website for information about submitting work. The Leonor Hirsch Award and a concert will be presented in Buenos Aires in October, 2008.

The Leonor Hirsch Award is a competition open to living artists of all ages and nationalities which aims to promote the creation of avant-garde culture through music and image. The Award is administrated by the Bunge y Born Foundation. Continue reading


Mar 17, 2008
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Live Stage: Angie Eng and David Linton [fr Paris]

maisonpop_invite2.jpgLongue Durée by Angie Eng and David Linton :: Finissage (closing party): March 21, 2008 7-9 pm :: Maison Populaire, 9 bis rue Dombasle – 93100 Montreuil.

Eng and Linton have been working in a similar vain exploring experimental cinema and sound in the electronic arts scene in New York. This is the first collaboration between these two artists who have spent a life dedicated to observing, manipulating, pushing the limits of vision and listening. Here at Maison Populaire, they have combined their ideas of nomadic movement (Eng) with continual optical spirals (Linton). Change in the perspective of character, window, reflection of light, scale and mirroring are subjects at hand. The sensitive observer will notice the subtleties in the connection between image and sound which affects one another. Continue reading


Mar 17, 2008
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Interview: Stephen Vitiello

vitiello_photo_s.jpgStephen Vitiello creates sound installations that often feature pristine recordings of natural environments and phenomena – the Amazon rain forest or flapping moth wings for example– sonically magnified to expose their internal detail and beauty. His installation work also focuses heavily on the use and implications of space as a compositional parameter. Vitiello has released several CDs and his work has been performed at The Tate Modern, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Kitchen, NYC. His work was also featured in the 2006 Biennale of Sydney and the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He is currently Assistant Professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University.

On September 21, 2007, Vitiello visited the University of Virginia. We sat and discussed his work for an hour in the university’s Jefferson Rotunda. The recording and transcript of that interview is presented below. Continue reading


Mar 16, 2008
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