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Post-Computational Instruments [es San Sebastian]

postcomp.jpgPost-Computational Instruments: Physical Interfaces, Sensors and Electronics for Musical Applications — Two Workshops :: (1) February 25-26, 2009; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 4:00 – 8:00 pm — Minia and other post-musical instruments by Servando Barreiro (2) March 5-6, 2009; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; 4:00 – 8:00 pm — 16KB of sound by David Cuartielles :: ARTELEKU, Kristobaldegi 14, Loiola auzo, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain :: Participants: 12 maximum.

Theoretical/ practical workshop aimed at artists and creators interested in sound, music, electronic engineering and interactive installations. This workshop sets out to show a variety of working methods and tools for the creation of sound installations or musical instruments going beyond the use of the computer as the principal tool to open up new creative possibilities through the use of different electronic devices as interfaces. Continue reading


Feb 19, 2009
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Live Stage: Subtopics Music Marathon [us Miami, FL]

kabir-carter-x2.jpgSubtopics Music Marathon :: February 28, 2009; 4:00 – 10:00 pm :: The Auditorium, 2231 Prairie Avenue, Miami Beach.

Program: 4 PM – TAPE+ELECTROACOUSTICS: Jack’s Pals by Jaime Reveles; Drift by David Dean Mendoza; Gray Matter by Adam Sheppard; Solo by David Manson; and Naturaleza Viva by Julio Roloff.

5 PM – FLUXUS+: pieces by Kosugi, Ichiyanagi, Carlin; nacht nach nacht nach nacht nach nacht by Paula Matthusen; Mechanism(s): Part I by Erik DeLuca; In The Bag by Joseph Celli; and Make A Salad by Alison Knowles. Continue reading


Feb 19, 2009
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Net_Music_Weekly: “Cyberbirds” by Benoît Maubrey

maubrey.jpgCyberbirds: Audio | Video Peacock are mobile multimedia screens by Benoît Maubrey — The Audio Peacock is a wearable electronic instrument constructed out of polycarbonate (plexi-glass) equipped with loudspeakers, amplifier, battery and different sound-making devices (microphone, sampler, radio receiver, interactive sensors). As Video Peacocks, the costume functions also as a mobile screen onto which theme-specific visualizations (movies, pictures, internet blogs, interactive computer images, webcasts and closed circuit camera views) are projected.

This wearable electroacoustic instrument is shaped into a peacock’s fan-like plumage and is highly directional — projecting the sound into a space like an oversized radar dish. Much in the same way that the courtyard peacock “strutts his stuff” in front of a pea-hen and imposes with his awesome cry, so does the Audio Peacock stalk his architectural domain — using sound as a scalpel that cuts through air and sculpts it, transforming it to into his new realm. Continue reading


Feb 19, 2009
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Live Stage: Handmade Music [us Brooklyn]

2141217901_dcc9551194.jpgHandmade Music Night:: presented by Etsy.com, Make Magazine :: February 19, 2009; 7:30 pm :: 3rd Ward Brooklyn, 195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

For this month’s science fair turned party, we are joined by special guest Electric Junkyard Gamelan who will perform LIVE! Composer/founder Terry Dame and ensemble members make funky music played on self-created instruments.

There will also be a free hands-on workshop: learn the basics of musical electronics without any previous experience, and without even picking up a soldering iron. Using the PAiA ribbon controller kit, a kit you can assemble on a business card with a graphite pencil as your only tool, you’ll make a simple sound-making circuit that you can apply to many other projects. Come early while the PAiA kits last. Newcomers to music and electronics alike are welcome! Continue reading


Feb 17, 2009
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Imperfect Silence — file sharing

is-cover.jpgImperfect Silence is a new release, curated by Phil Hargreaves, involving international musicians and sound artists exploring the methodology of file sharing.

From Alex Young’s review in Furthernoise:
The disc consists of two tracks, twenty five minutes and thirty one minutes long consecutively. There’s improvisation on a wide range of instruments: guitar, sax, laptops (noise, effects, sampled sounds), vocals, drums, various wind instruments and presumably whatever else the performers could get their hands on. Influences vary from free jazz, ambient electronica and noise and themes are presumably originated by the first person to submit a track, with interactions between each section and theme evolving as each person submitted their contribution. It’s impossible to guess the blueprints behind the final piece or even the order in which the tracks were submitted. Like most group improvisation, ideas occasionally linger on for a little bit too long when a strong personality takes over. But this isn’t a complaint. In fact it’s fascinating that the overall dynamic of the interactions between the contributors is virtually indistinguishable from traditionally performed improvisation.

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Feb 17, 2009
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Experimental Music: Audio Explorations in Australia

expmusic_cover.jpgExperimental Music: audio explorations in Australia is a new book written by artists, producers and participants in alternative music-making. It includes a companion CD. The book explores the development of forms, ideas and scenes from the 1970s to the present. It brings together a wide range of musical experimentation, from post-punk, noise, appropriation, electronic dance and listening music, to free improv, computer process music, experimental radio, instrument building and audiovisual fusions. It illustrates how these forms have influenced each other to create a fertile and diverse musical culture in Australia, and highlights why it is vital to question, experiment and break the rules.


Feb 17, 2009
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Noise, Noise and Wide Noise

traffic-noise.gifAs Andrea Gaggioli writes in the Positive Technology Journal, In addition of being very unpleasant and harmful for our hearing system, noise can have negative impact on general health. For example, Swedish researchers have found that the exposure to even relatively low levels of noise may increase increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and high blood pressure.

WideTag, a California Company, has developed an iPhone/iPod touch application – WideNoise – that allows the user to monitor the noise level in the space surrounding her. The noise data are collected and displayed on an online map.


Feb 17, 2009
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Bourges International Competitions, 2009

comp.jpg6th Bourges International Competition :: Deadline:
April 25, 2009 :: The 36th Bourges International Competitions 2009 is now open. There is a new part, “Electronic Arts”, in the competition with the following 3 categories.

1. new pratices of sound and music creation :: 2. Performances :: 3. Netart — The deadline for entries is April 25, 2009

For the artists unfamiliar with the Bourges Competition, it’s the most important competition in electroacoustic music. Founded in 1973. It is devoted to composers at all levels of development, and also to sound artists and performers,and all those who practice different forms of sound art. The registration is free. The selection is made anonymously (except the Magisterium). The jury is made up of artists and personalities well-known in the esthetical fields related to the competition.
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Feb 17, 2009
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Live in the Limo [us NYC]

emptylimo.jpgThe AC [Institute Direct Chapel]’s unmistakable white limousine is being hosted by 3 very innovative musical artists with an array of special guest co-Hosts. Sawako, Joseph F. Di Ponio and Benjamin Lanz will collaborate and interact with other artists, musicians, performers, poets and you. All of these characters collide during this special moment in art in our movable white salon, toasting champagne as it provides us a temporary residence.

Previous projects have included: “Critical Conversations in a Limo,” “Sound Art Limo” and “Flatland Limo.” As part of the 2009 Armory Show, “Live in the Limo”, will run from 3-6 pm on March 6, 7, and 8, making half-hour journeys (6 time slots available per day), to and from the entrance of Pier 92, upper level. Please E-mail info [at] artcurrents.org to reserve a seat and time as space is very limited. Continue reading


Feb 16, 2009
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Live Stage: 24 Fragments | MiSS Four [uk Belfast]

map.jpgMiSS Four – An improvisatory challenge from the Sonic Arts Research Centre :: February 21, 2009; 1:00 – 3:00 pm (free): Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast.

This event forms part of 24 Fragments – 24 hours of music, neuroscience and performance at 24 sites across the UK. SARC will be linked with all 24 UK sites, but will have a direct artistic exchange with Bristol’s watershed where poetry and voice works by Bristol based performers, led by Hewlett Packard South West fellow Ralph Hoyte will be presented.

Sound artist Paul Stapleton, violinist Gascia Ouzounian and improvisers Pedro Rebelo and Franziska Schroeder will be teaming up for a feast of sonic explorations during the 24 Fragments event, a 24-hour festival funded by The Wellcome Trust. The concert will take place in the unique Sonic Laboratory, a purpose-built, variable acoustic space, known for its experiments in sound diffusion and ground-breaking compositional and performance work. Continue reading


Feb 16, 2009
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